A different event for the first meet of 2019, we were given a talk on ‘Special Snowdrops’ by Jim Almond. Jim confessed to being a galanthophile and as well as collecting, growing and propagating snowdrops he gives lectures in many countries.
We learnt that there are 21 cultivars and over 3000 species of snowdrop. Jim’s very interesting and informative talk was accompanied by slides and he managed to show photographs of approximately 60 different cultivars. Jim told us of the dependable snowdrops guaranteed to return every year, the ones with yellow markings due to low chlorophyll, the unusual and special and the doubles. He also showed snowdrops with 6 outer petals instead of three. Many of the cultivars have bigger flowers than the common Galanthus nivalis and he had brought some beautiful ones to show us.
Jim’s rules are lift and divide and split clumps regularly, give some to a friend (insurance against loosing yours), propagate, grow some in pots and take photographs. He explained the technique to divide a clump and how to cut up bulbs to increase your stock. Seeds from your special snowdrops can be sown but will be different to to the parent. If you collect seeds sow immediately – you may get a new cultivar.
We learnt so much from this talk and Jim had brought along some plants to purchase. The afternoon was spent drawing and painting – snowdrops.
Our December meeting was a social occasion. The competition was to paint a parcel label, the winner was Carol Hardy with a lovely painting of mistletoe. We held a bring and buy, inviting members to bring unwanted books and art materials. This was followed by a buffet lunch provided by Tommy’s Catering.
Best wishes to everyone for a ‘Happy Christmas’ and successful painting in the New Year.
Our meetings for 2019 begin on 20th January with something different a talk about snowdrops which we will follow by painting snowdrops.
This month Billy Showell gave a workshop on painting Fuchsias. The workshop was enjoyed by those attending and lovely work was produced. Our meetings take place at Stirchley Baths, these Victorian Baths were converted into a community centre a few years ago. For us the rooms are ideal they have glass ceiling windows giving plenty of light, this is also the reason there are tiles in the background of many photographs.
In December we have our ‘Paint a Postcard Competition’ this will be followed by a buffet lunch (provided by caterers) and a new venture a Bring and Buy Sale. Members can bring their unwanted art materials, books and DVDs which will be for sale all proceeds going to the seller.
2019 will be the 20th Anniversary of the formation of this society. Our programme for the year is being developed and will include a special event in September to celebrate this anniversary.
On 21st October the society welcomed Julie Small for a workshop giving hints and tips on graphite pencil work. Julie is an experienced tutor and has been awarded a Gold Medal by the RHS for a series of graphite pencil drawings. Julie’s work has also been used to illustrate books on botanical art. Julie brought along some of her work for us to see.
The society will once again have a stand at Art Materials Live at the NEC which is open from 1st – 4th November. On display will be work in watercolour, coloured pencil and graphite. Members of the society will be demonstrating each day.
Kew Exhibition – three exhibitions which are on until 17th March 2019
- Mark Frith: a legacy of ancient oaks. Portraits that highlight the architectural beauty of tree trunks, bark and branches in winter.
- Trees: delight in detail.
- Botanical Theatre: the art of Pandora Sellars (1936 – 2017) Colourful and detailed plant portraits.
Society member Jane Edwards has an exhibition at Winterbourne House and Garden, Edbaston Park Road, Birmingham B15 2RT.
The exhibition ‘Recent Drawings’ is on until 16th October. The gardens at Winterbourne are looking stunning so well worth a visit.
Our next meeting on 16th September is a ‘Painting Day’ all are welcome.