May 12th visit to Morton Hall

On Thursday 12th May some members of the society made a repeat visit to Morton Hall near Redditch. They had a conducted tour of the gardens including the wild flower meadow, Japanese Garden and Rockery. There were a lot of tulips still in flower. The visit finished with lunch in the orangery.

Congratulations to member Celia Scottow who has  two coloured pencil drawings accepted for exhibit at the Society of Botanical Artists Plantae 2022 Exhibition. This takes place at the Mall Gallery in London from 15th-18th June.

An Introduction to Ferns

A fantastic workshop on 15th May with Laura Silburn on a subject she specialises in  – Ferns. Laura gave us all a document she has produced on ferns. We worked our way through this with her, identifying parts of a fern together with making sketches of the fern structures, fronds and pinnae as well as the various forms of growth. This was a very comprehensive session which we found both stimulating and challenging. Laura had brought many examples of fern both potted and dried fronds as well as examples of her award winning work. Many thanks to Laura for this workshop which we booked her for two years ago but the Covid pandemic intervened.

Some members of the society made a return visit to Morton Hall, near Redditch on the morning of Thursday 12th May. A little earlier in the year to our last visit so they were able to see the meadow in bloom and tulips in the garden. After a guided tour they enjoyed lunch in the orangery.

Visit to Weston Park

On Sunday 10th April some members of the society visited Weston Park instead of meeting at Stirchley. It proved to be a sunny day and as well as looking around the lovely grounds members took the opportunity to see inside the house. Hopefully some ideas from the garden will appear as paintings in our next exhibition in the Granary Art Gallery. ‘Celebrating Nature’ which will be in September 2022.

Events April to June 2022

The next meeting  of the society is Sunday 10th April, it is a week early because our regular meeting would have fallen on Easter Sunday. There is no meeting at Stirchley on the 10th April members are invited to meet at Weston Park (Shifnal, Shropshire) at 11am near the garden entrance to walk around the grounds. This is where we have our next exhibition ‘Celebrating Nature’ in the Granary Art Gallery at Weston Park from 31st August until 29th September.

A return visit to Morton Hall Garden, Inkberrow has been booked for 12th May from 11 – 1pm, the cost £15 to include lunch, places must be booked.

Other exhibitions of interest :-

  • RHS Botanical Art and Photography Show at the Saatchi Gallery, 9th – 29th April
  • SBA – Plantae 2022 at the Mall Galleries in London, 15th-18th June

February 2022 meeting

Congratulations to Jane Wilkes who hosted the very successful first workshop of the year. Sixteen members took part and were kept busy practising coloured pencil techniques finishing with drawing a pussy willow stem. Jane had set up an extensive display of the pencils she uses, her art work and cards by other coloured pencil artists to demonstrate what can be achieved in this medium. Seven members not participating worked on their own projects in an adjoining room.

Members of the society will be having an exhibition of work at Weston Park from 31st August to 29th September 2022, any botanical artists in the Midlands who wish to enter work for sale in this exhibition can apply to become members of the society. Please email through the contact page on this web site for details.