February 19th Meeting and Book Reviews

A relaxed painting day at Stirchley for 25 members.

The RHS Botanical Art Exhibition takes place at Lindley Hall on 24th and 25th February, also worth a visit is the exhibition by Jessica Shepherd at Abbott and Holder on Museum Street.

Book Reviews

Rosie Sanders’ – Flowers A celebration of Botanical Art. This is not a book on techniques more of a ‘coffee table’ book. Based on her recent paintings of enlarged flowers the images are very beautiful and the large photographs of parts of the flowers and leaves give an insight into the colours she has used to depict the specimens. Really recommend this book.

Plant – Exploring the Botanical World. Another ‘coffee table’ book with 300 botanical images of paintings, photographs, medieval manuscript paintings and micrograph scans. A book to browse through when there is nothing on the TV.

January 15th Meeting & Information on Drawing Project

Our programme for 2017 began with a workshop by Billy Showell. 15 members were instructed on painting a cyclamen leaf and flower. Comments following this session include “Billy’s workshops are inspiring”, “a great day”, “a great tutor”. In a separate room other members enjoyed a quiet time away from routine to concentrate on current projects.

The Society is delighted to announce the beginning of a year long drawing project at and in conjunction with Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens. Normal garden entry charges will apply otherwise the sessions are free to anyone who wishes to join us and be guided by experienced botanical artists. http://castlebromwichhallgardens.org.uk/ The first session will be on Wednesday 8th February and continue on the second Wednesday of every month thereafter 1.30 to 3.30. You will need suitable clothing (we will be outside for all or some of the time – indoors if weather bad) and bring some basic drawing tools – paper, sketchbooks, pens/pencils and perhaps a folding seat together with a willingness to observe aspects of the garden and make drawings of what you see. We will meet at the till point where Jane Edwards, BSBA will meet you and take you into the garden.

Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to all our members and wishing you a successful 2017

We have an excellent programme of workshops for the coming year and two events that will require pictures, so we will need you to be busy. We have an exhibition at ‘The Core’ at Solihull Library booked for October/November and we will once again have a stand at the NEC in November – details will follow.

December Meeting

The final meeting of 2016 was enjoyable with a very good attendance. The competition was paint a postcard with either holly and ivy or a decorated bauble (botanical theme). Jo Lloyd won first prize. We also had a visit from Keith Larkin of Keith’s Plant Books, who brought along botanical books for us to be tempted to purchase.

Happy Christmas to all.

Meeting on 20th November 2016

Workshop with Dianne Sutherland

Dianne demonstrated how she prepares a study/sketchbook page to familiarise herself with a subject that she intends to paint. She uses an A3 sheet of hot pressed paper and makes detailed measurements of the flower or plant with the aid of a clear ruler. Drawings follow then colour matching making sure to record her paint mixes, followed by painting a flower or leaf in detail. Further detailed graphite or colour images of individual parts of the subject are also made. A study page may take months to complete as she may wish to illustrate different stages in the life of the plant material eg. bud, flower and hip in the case of a rose. We also saw some beautiful work in graphite and on vellum. An enjoyable and informative day.

We were pleased to welcome visitors who had come having seen our stand at the NEC at the beginning of the month.