Sixteen members braved inclement weather to enjoy some ‘me’ time at our meeting on January 21st. Please note there will not be a meeting at Stirchley on 18th February, a venue for lunch on this day has been organised members must inform the chair if they wish to attend and to see the menu.
There is a Botanical Art Exhibition at Easton Walled Garden from Saturday 17th February – Sunday 11th March on their usual open days, this also co-insides with their snowdrop week. The artists exhibiting are Norma Gregory, Dawn Wright and Sue Vize. More details on their website www.visiteaston.co.uk
Our last meeting of the year was well attended. Many took part in our ‘Paint a Postcard competition’ and there was an opportunity to browse and buy books, followed by a buffet lunch. The two winners of the Christmas competition were Jeni Neale and Annabel Barrett (images are on our Facebook page).
There is an exciting programme of events organised for 2018 with a good spread of workshops and painting days and maybe a few trips. Members of the society will continue to visit Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens on the second Wednesday of the month from 1.30pm February to November. An exhibition of members work will be held at ‘The Core’ Solihull Library from 18th April – 5th May and the paintings will be for sale.
2018 is designated as the year of botanical art and there are events all over the world. The ‘Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition’ is to be held at The Ruskin Library, University of Lancaster from 18th May – 15th June. Title – In Ruskin’s Footsteps ‘Linking People to Plants through Botanical Art’
November is proving to be a busy month. The society had a stand at ‘Art Materials Live’ at the NEC, Birmingham from 2nd to 5th November 2017. A lot of interest was shown for our exhibition of work with some inquiries for joining our society.
On Friday 10th November twelve members visited Kew Gardens. Kew was bathed in sunshine showing up the lovely autumn colour. Time was short before our arranged visit to the Library and Archive so some dashed to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery to see the art installation – ‘Life in Death’ and the exhibition – ‘Abundance’ both worth the visit. Others had a leisurely stroll to The Hive and conservatories. At the Archive we were treated to view original art work by Verelst, Ehret, Redoute and Bauer. Also laid out for us to see was the earliest editions of Curtis’s Botanical Magazine from 1787, and art work for later editions through to the 21st century. We saw work by Walter Hood Fitch from the 19th century, by Lilian Snelling and Stella Ross Craig from the 20th century and Ann Farrer and Lucy Smith present day artists at Kew.
Dianne Sutherland was the demonstrator at the meeting on 19th November, Dianne showed us her technique for painting ivy leaves – first we overlaid the drawing with blue and yellow washes. Using wet in wet we placed the veins and then using her technique of small brush strokes built up the contours of the leaf. Dianne achieves some lovely effects and a technique worth practice for the rest of us.
The December meeting is our paint a postcard competition, the theme ‘A botanical cracker’. Keih Larkin will be bringing books for sale at the December meeting, you can view his books on http://keithsplantbooks.co.uk. Lunch is also provided.
Congratulations to six society members who had paintings accepted and exhibited at the 2017 Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists at Westminster Gallery, Central Hall, Westminster. The members are Barbara Gemmell, Sandra George, Carol Hardie, Adrienne Roberts, Celia Scottow and Jane Wilkes.
Adrienne, Celia and Jane are now Associate Members of the SBA. Belated congratulations to Carol Hardie who was awarded a silver gilt medal by the Royal Horticultural Society for her watercolour paintings of Botanical Carnivores at the Malvern Spring Festival 2017.
There is a new exhibition at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, Kew which is on until the 11th March 2018. The title of the exhibition is ‘Abundance : seeds, pods and autumn fruits’
Ann Swan made members work hard on the coloured pencil workshop on the 17th September. It dealt with tricky textures including how to depict hairs on leaves and stems.
The Society of Botanical Artists will hold its Annual Exhibition this year from 13th – 21st October at Central Hall Westminster, London. Some of our members have had exhibits accepted. This year there is ‘Audience with an Artist’ events with a different artist each day demonstrating their skills and discussing their art. Attendance at these events must be booked in advance – for further information visit www.soc-botanical-artists.org