Today I'm sharing the 20 most popular pages on Botanical Art and Artists (excluding specific artists) over 2018-19.
One of the ways I try to improve Botanical Art and Artists is by paying attention to what interests visitors to the site. That's why I regularly look at the website statistics. Periodically I pull a pdf file of Google Analytics and take a look at which pages which get the most traffic and which pages which get the lowest and the highest bounce rates.
I've decided to limit the timeframe for the count to 2018 and 2019 as I've introduced quite a few new pages since it started, over 4.5 years ago, in April 2015. However sorting out the ranked order based on my Google Analytics data was not at all easy and I ended up using an Excel spreadsheet and sorting on two data sets!
1. Past Masters of Botanical Art & Illustration (1500-1900)
This one is way out in front and has been ever since I created the site. It gets more hits than the home page! This particular page is really interesting as it highlights and summarises some of the famous botanical artists and illustrators and Past Masters - between 1500 and 1900 - from the UK, France, Netherlands / Flemish, Germany & Austria, Italy, Australasia, Africa - specifically South Africa, North and Central America and South America. Plus and other notable artists working within botanical art and illustration. (Note Famous Asian Botanical Artists (600 - 1500) from China, India and Japan are on a separate page - and I probably need to create a seperate page for Europe too)
2. NEWS about Botanical Art and for Botanical Artists
My News Blog started after the main site was created but has become very popular ever since. The number of subscribers also continues to climb
3. Tips and Techniques
Extremely popular right from the beginning. A good tip for any botanical artist wanting to create traffic to their website is to provides tips and techniques - for free - on your website or blog or social media site. People love them. Next best tip is alert me to your tip and if it's good enough then I'll add it into this resource page and you'll get even more traffic!
4. Best Botanical Art Instruction Books
A very popular page because I only list the books I rate and I also provide lots of reviews - and some of them are in-depth. This is a VERY long page with LOTS links to sub-pages which review books by specific people
5. What is Botanical Art?
The perennial question - hence the ranking. I try to provide an answer by quoting others on this topic. I add to it when I find a great new comment or insight.
6. Scientific Botanical Illustration
How to draw plants to scientific standards. This page includes basic instruction on what to do and what not to do when illustrating plants to scientific standards; drawing aids which promote accuracy in measurement and rendering in scientific illustration links to practical tips and techniques for botanical illustration from leading scientific botanical illustrators and organisations providing support for scientific illustration. Plus articles about the history of scientific botanical illustration and the development of contemporary Flora.
7. Botanical Artists and Illustrators UK
This page highlights artists and illustrators creating contemporary botanical art and illustration of distinction who are based on or born in the UK - England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. This page which has way more artists than any other continent or country in terms of people who qualify for the listing.
8. Plant Names and Botanical Latin
When recording a plant name wrong can affect the colour of medal you receive at an RHS Botanical Art Show it's worth making an effort to understand how plant names are constructed and how to write them. (There's a few artists who wish growers made the same effort!). Plus it's a topic which does not get a lot of coverage online!
9. How to draw and paint leaves and trees
I've been saying for a long time, botanical art is not just about painting flowers! The second thing I've remarked on more than a few times is there is a major market for the author who writes the definitive book on how to paint plants and trees. I get asked by publishers for names of artists I'd recommend for specific topics. If you're interested contact me.
This page is the "top tips" page dedicated to tips and techniques for how to draw and paint botanically correct trees and leaves. Drawing and watercolour painting instruction includes step by step demonstrations, videos and books. I'm currently working my way through an analysis of every instruction book in terms of how good it is in providing instruction for leaves and/or trees.
10. Contemporary Botanical Artists and Illustrators
This is the gateway to all the pages about the contemporary botanical artists and illustrators listed on this website who draw, paint and print plants and flowers AND have been recognised for their excellence and mastery of their individual approach to botanical art and illustration [Note Continent / country listings are not definitive. They're being updated all the time]
11. Botanical Artists Australasia
Learn more about the leading contemporary (living) botanical artists and illustrators based in Australia or New Zealand. This page became much better developed after the RBS Florilegium Show at Kew - lots of photos of Australian artists now included! This page is being continuously updated. Please contact me and suggest an artist.
12. UK Workshops and Courses
Information about Botanical Art / Illustration Courses, Classes & Workshops
in the UK - held at Botanical Gardens and/or run at/by other reputable organisations / organisers (i.e. does not include workshops in the teacher's own home - unless they have seperate business premises) This page is very big because it has grown and grown (and grown) since I started it. All teachers need to do is fill in the forms at the bottom of the relevant page....
13. The History of Botanical Art and Illustration
This page provides the gateway to finding out about all aspects of the History of Botanical Art and Illustration. This section is about the tradition and history of botanical art and illustration around the world. It's a developing compendium of information and images about botanical art and artists from the past and links to relevant websites and books.
14. Plant Evolution & Taxonomy
The science that finds, identifies, describes, classifies, and names plants with explanations of how it works. Another topic which needs more accessible resources online for non-botanists.
15. 20th century Botanical Artists
A Listing of famous and/or notable botanical artists who spent most of their working life in the 20th century - organised by continent and country - and then alphabetically. Includes links to dedicated pages to notable 20th century botanical artists (Raymond Booth, Arthur Harry Church, Margaret Mee, Rory McEwen, and Pandora Sellars)
16. What is Botanical Illustration?
An account of the development of botanical illustration for scientific purposes. Includes a section on "How to have a career in botanical illustration". This is a work in progress - which I obviously need to finish now I know how many visitors it's getting!
17. Botanical Art Paper
Which is the best paper for botanical art and illustration? A perennial question asked by many artists, especially when their favourite paper changes. The answer varies depending on how you work - and you can find reviews and recommendations on this page. Plus how to test whether watercolour paper is suitable for botanical art.
18. Diplomas and Certificates
The only listing which compares all the Diplomas and Certificates on the same basis - making it a lot easier for you to know which questions to ask and how to make a well-informed choice.
19. Famous Asian Botanical Artists (600-1900)
This page is a work in progress. It covers the development of botanical art in Asia between 600 and 1900 AD. I'm developing sections relating to the countries which have the strongest traditions of painting plants and flowers: China, India, Japan, Korea and Thailand
20. Botanical Artists and Illustrators in North America
Another work in progress. This list is by no means comprehensive right now and will be added to as this site develops. The list is alphabetical based on surnames and covers the USA and then Canada.
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