March 2020

Thank you to Susan Hillier for travelling from Cornwall to give us a workshop held on Sunday 15th March

Susan told us about her life as a working artist which requires discipline. When dealing with book publishers the art directors dictate what images and size of paintings are required. You are always working to a deadline so it is important to ask how many images are required and what is the time limit for submission before agreeing to proceed.

Susan also gave us many useful tips, giving information the papers, paints and brushes that she prefers. She gave a demonstration on using watercolour pencils and how to paint raindrops. It was a very informative and enjoyable day.

If you did not manage to go Kew  to see the exhibition of paintings from Shirley Sherwoods collection the entire collection is available to view on line –

Planned Activities

Our first meeting of the year on January 19th was a painting day as is our next on February 16th. Members need to get busy as we have our exhibition ‘Flora Mundi’ at the Granary Art Gallery, Weston Park in November. Members will be invited to submit up to six paintings for exhibition.

An outing to Kew to see the exhibition – Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art – at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery is planned for Thursday 28th February. Make your own way there and meet at noon at the Victoria Gate.

Jane Wilkes has organised a visit to Morton Hall Gardens, Worcestershire on Wednesday 27th May at 2pm. The cost is £13 which includes a tour of the garden followed by afternoon tea. Places are limited, contact Jane for a place by 23rd February.

If you have paintings on subjects other than botanical the following may be of interest. The Hartley Gallery, Welbeck, Worksop, Nottinghamshire S80 3LW is accepting applications for their 2020 Open Exhibition which will be from 2nd May – 5th July and is free to enter. For more information and an entry form see The Harley Open- Harley Gallery

2020 – Happy New Year

A Happy New Year to all our members.

After the winter break it is time to get busy especially if you wish to exhibit your work. Members who love pencil work should look at the website for the Society of Graphic Fine Art, they are asking for work for their next exhibition, the deadline for entries is 17th March,  you can enter as a new member.

The next exhibition for the Society of Botanical Artists – Plantae 2020 takes place from 3rd – 7th June 2020 again at the Mall Galleries. Digital submission of entries is open now until 29th February. Hand in of pre-selected work is 18th April.

We have our own exhibition in at Weston Park from 30th October – 30th November, more information will follow.

December meeting 2019

As usual our last meeting of the year was a social event. The competition was to depict a Christmas decoration to hang on a tree. The winner was Moira Ashby chosen by former member Jackie Davies assisted by her husband Roy, and in second place Liz Green. This was followed by a super lunch of items brought by members, it all worked very well with a variety of savory and sweet treats.

We have had a busy autumn, our programme for next year being planned and will include an exhibition. The venue is booked and details will follow. Best wishes to all for Christmas and the New Year.

17th November – Workshop

A big thank you to Sarah Morrish for coming to Birmingham to give us  a workshop on ‘ Seedpods, Seed-heads and Seeds in Pen & Ink’. Sarah gave us information on the variety of pens suitable for botanical illustration, she uses mainly black and sepia but we saw some of her work using grey and green ink. She also discussed the the different marks used to depict texture, tone and form and the different papers that she uses. We were able to see examples of her beautiful work. We enjoyed this workshop and meeting Sarah and came away inspired to practise.

Kew Gardens – Shirley Sherwood Gallery.  ‘Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art’ . This exhibition of works from Shirley Sherwood’s private collection is on until 15th March 2020. A new book accompanies this exhibition.