The Exhibiting Excellence Awards at the Society of Botanical Artists' Annual Exhibition were introduced by SBA Council to highlight
Below I provide:
I've chosen an image below for the Introduction of the two artworks which got an award for Exhibiting Excellent in Dry Media (Graphite) - hung next to one another.
Plantae 2023 Exhibiting Excellence Awards
The EXHIBITING EXCELLENCE at Plantae 2023 cover a variety of differentiating factors:
The numbers after the title of the artwork below refer to the number in the Catalogue for Plantae 2023.
Exhibiting Excellence: Colour & Composition
There were two awards for colour and one for composition.
Inspiring Use of Colour
Canna Lily (102) by Janice Gazetas
(watercolour on paper)
Janice Gazetas BSc (hons) PGCE SBA Fellow has always loved drawing and painting. Born in 1951 and brought up in Lincolnshire. She studied Botany and Zoology at University before training to be a teacher. She has worked as a Research Scientist and after having two children, trained as a teacher. got her PGCE and specialising as a science teacher in a Primary School. Like many, she returned to painting only after she retired. She became a Fellow of the SBA in 2019.
I am interested in the complex and unexpected, both in structure and colour.
She has exhibited previously with the Society of Botanical Artists, the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour, Society of Women Artists in the UK and the Botanical Art Agency Of Korea in Korea.
What I liked about her Canna is that it very much reminded me of those that I enjoy in the tropical Garden at Great Dixter which is a real challenge to walk through once they're full on in midsummer with the leaves twisting and turning.
Her botanical paintings are typically complex, bright and intense. However, I found one of her other paintings in the exhibition - a close cropped view of eucalyptus trees - caught my eye every time I walked past and insisted I looked at it - and yet this was relatively subdued compared to her normal botanical paintings.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Dianne Sutherland has published a video (see above) of the sketchbook she has been keeping through the seasons of 2021. It includes her completed Volume 1 (February - Septs,ber 2021) and the start of Volume 2 (mid September to date)
It's an absolute pleasure to view. I love the way she covers her double page spreads with studies of the whole and parts of her plants - with notations and colour samples she's used to make records for future reference.
Nice music by a chap called Gavin Sutherland as well - with Irmi Wolvin.
You can find a listing of the plants and all the Sketchbook Contents at the end of Volume 1 - at 3 minutes 12 seconds - which shows that the sketchbook was started in February and finished in the middle of September - prior to the start of Volume 2. Dianne is now up to week 34!
The Seasons through a Sketchbook is a joint project with Debbie Crawford, a botanical artist who lives in New Jersey.
There's an article about their joint project in the September 202 edition of 'Botanical Artist'.
More about Dianne Sutherland
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