Lucy T Smith, one of the botanical artists at Kew Gardens, who both works with the botanists and also provides tuition in botanical illustration, has created a new video.
How to paint like a botanical artist is a simple introduction to the process of botanical painting using watercolour. It provides a step-by-step guide on how to paint the perfect Primula flower.
Find out what equipment you’ll need, how to highlight the important details of your flower, and tips for bringing a botanical painting to life.
The painting is on YouTube and lasts just under 30 minutes
RBG Kew has very helpfully supplied indicators as to what comes up when in the video.
More about Lucy T Smith, her artwork and videos
Lucy T Smith is a highly regarded botanical illustrator who has won a number of international awards.
You can see. more of her videos in my blog posts as follows
You can see more of her artwork on the following websites:
Today, I've published a new page about Talks, Lectures and Tours about Botanical Art and Illustration.
You can find it in the menu of the EDUCATION section of my Botanical Art and Artists website
The New Page has two halves
I've created the new page for two reasons
Online Talks and Lectures
Find out more about the online talks, lectures and demos being delivered by:
In Person Talks, Lectures and Tours
I will be including the following in this section and provide indications of what has been provided to date
NOTE: Most of the in person events are suspended at the moment due to the Pandemic (and lockdown in the UK). Some are limited to members of Kew or the RHS or other specific groups.
Today a video and virtual tour of the exhibition Paradise Lost by Jan Hendrix at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in Kew Gardens was made available to view on the Facebook Page of the Shirley Sherwood Collection.
You can view that video below
I saw this video - which is very impressive - at a Virtual Private View for the Exhibition and have been waiting for this video to be made more widely available - but forgot to check when it finally reached YouTube!!
If you prefer to watch FULL SCREEN via YouTube (in 1080HD), this is the link to the same video
Below are links to the website page for the exhibition plus my previous post about this exhibition - which I've not yet seen (due to the fact I'm having to be careful and prefer my journeys on the London Underground to be as short as possible at the moment).
Other people will be writing about the amazing business career of James Sherwood who passed away peacefully last night.
I want instead to pay tribute to the man who supported his wife, Shirley Sherwood in her interest in and passion for botanical art - and who, with his family's support, gave us the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art.
Without the support of James Sherwood, we might not have had:
I learned of his passing on the Facebook Page dedicated to the Shirley Sherwood Collection.
We're so sad to say that Shirley's husband James B. Sherwood passed away peacefully last night. He'd been in hospital for the past few months after a major operation and we hoped he'd pull through but it was all just too much of a fight, even for someone as mighty as Jim.
James Blair Sherwood was an American who was based in Britain. He was
Jim understood the passion of the true collector. He liked to collect classic trains and luxury hotels while Shirley preferred collecting botanical art.
However, many of the stories I have heard Shirley tell of how she found an artist or acquired a painting arose because of her travels with Jim to different parts of the world while he collected more hotels and oversaw those already in the portfolio. He went about his business while she found about the botanical artists in the area and met them and saw their art.
I'm very sure the Orient-Express Hotels company he founded and developed was one of the main reasons why the Shirley Sherwood Collection of Botanical Art is now a truly great international art collection which includes so much art (1000+ artworks) from over 300 botanical artists from 36 countries around the world.
This is a family legacy - it was a joint effort.
James Sherwood was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania in 1933 and grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He studied at Yale University and earned a degree in economics in 1955, before starting his career in marine transport, trains and hotels and founding and running two major businesses. He has also been
Next Sunday there's another Botanical Art Surgery with an expert at Kew Gardens - and the expert this time is Deborah Lambkin - winner of the prestigious Jill Smythies Award in 2019.
Expert: Deborah Lambkin
Venue: Main Gallery of the Shirley Sherwood Art Gallery, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Date: Sunday 1st March 2020
Time: 11am - 3pm
About Deborah Lambkin
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