Month: September 2015

A Medieval Cornucopia – The Guildhall, Leicester

From 26th September -6th October 2015 a display of paintings by the Leicestershire Society of Botanical Illustrators. Paintings of culinary plants available to Richard III’s Royal household and the aristocracy in the medieval period. The paintings include images of fruits, vegetables, nuts fungi, herbs ans spices and grains.

The exhibition in the guildhall is open from 11am – 4.30pm

Workshop with Ann Swan – 20th September 2015

This day focused on graphite pencil work and underpainting plus graphite. The different makes of pencils were discussed and the techniques for sharpening. Ann demonstrated resist techniques using embossing tools, hard pencils and a wax blender. These techniques are useful for creating texture and hair effects on leaves and seedheads. Underpainting can complement graphite pencil drawing, coloured pencils or pastel pencils can be used.

Then it was our turn to faintly draw a daffodil bulb and colour in using a range of colours to reflect the hues on the bulb. These colours were blended using a felt tip solvent pen then graphite was applied on top. An enjoyable day with BSBA members learning new techniques to enhance our work.

Art Materials Live at the NEC – 5th to 8th November 2015

The society has been asked to have a stand to publicise the society at this event. It will be a chance to display the work of the society with artwork from all skill levels and to advertise our events and meetings. Volunteers are needed to help on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Contact Elizabeth Green if you can help.

Big Draw at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens – October 10th 2015

The theme of this year’s event is ‘every drawing tells a story’. Adults and children will be encouraged to draw plants and the garden, and observe artists from the society. Jane Edwards is organising this and events will take place from 12.30. Paper, pencils and crayons will be provided for members of the public to draw the plants and flowers. Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens is full of rare and unusual plants from the 18th century, and this is a great opportunity to draw and paint there.

Please support this event by visiting and encouraging others to do so.

Exhibition-London’s Secret Garden

This was an excellent exhibition at the Chelsea Physic Garden held from 4th-26th August 2015. A relatively small exhibition of botanical paintings and drawings all of a very high standard including a painting of Allium cepa @Long Red Florence by, our member, Jeni Neale.

The Chelsea Physic Garden’s Florilegium Society held this exhibition to celebrate their 20th anniversary. A book which features many of the paintings from the exhibition is of a very high standard -reflected in its price but a worthy purchase. This book features 78 full page plates accompanied by information on the characteristics of the plants.