Guy William Eves tutored a workshop on 18th August. Guy began by giving some background into his life before botanical drawing took over. He explained that he draws living specimens, intricately setting up the stem and flowers into what will be the final composition. He very very rarely uses photographs. Guy then demonstrated his technique using a variety of graphite pencils some with sharp points others cut at angles and using small lines. This showed his patience and eye for detail. It was then our turn to try the technique.
Members of our society have paintings in exhibitions during August and September.
- Worcester Open Studios – 25th – 27th August, Sue Wilson and Jan Mason
- The Birmingham Watercolour Society Summer Exhibition at Hanbury Hall, Droitwich until 30th September – Sue Wilson, Jo Lloyd and Jeni Neale
- Winterbourne House and Garden, Birmingham B15 2RT from 31st August – 16th October – Jane Edwards ‘Recent Drawings’
- Canons Ashby, Nr Daventry 28th September – 3rd October. Jenny Major – Artist in Residence
Workshops with Jeni Neale
- 22nd September – Orchard Fruits
- 24th &25th November – Pods, Cones and Seeds. Venue for both is Winterbourne House and Gardens (Tel. 0121 414 3003 – contact the venue to book a place)
- 3rd October 2018 and 26th January 2019 – Westhope College, Shropshire (Tel 01584 861293 – contact the venue to book a place)
The photograph was taken at Castle Bromwich Hall Garden on 11th July, it shows members (those present were Jane, Jennifer and Colin) with some of the visitors who joined us for ‘The Mid-Week Draw’. A relaxed drawing session on the second Wednesday of each month now in its second year. Some of our visitors have become regulars – we meet to draw and paint, chat, have a cup of tea with no pressure, no tuition just advice if requested as some are experienced artists but not botanical artists.
The RHS Botanical Art Show was inspirational as usual. The ‘Association of British Botanical Artists’ (ABBA) had a promotional stand. ABBA was established in 2017 to gather together a body of work from British artists for the 2018 world wide day of botanical art. The organisation would like to continue and were asking people to express interest by filling in a form. This form is also available on line at www.britishbotanicalartists.com Currently they are finding out how much interest there is filling in and sending the form does not commit you. There will not be any selection process for membership which is expected to cost £45/annum. ABBA is aimed at linking people to native plants through botanical art and they hope to hold workshops and exhibitions.
- Jonathan Cooper Gallery, Park Walk, Chelsea SW10 – An exhibition which includes work by botanical artists
- Transylvanian Florelegium Exhibition is now on until the end of August 10am – 5pm. Romanium Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square SW1
On 14th June a group of eleven society members met in London to see two exhibitions of art by Cedric Morris. Starting at the Philip Mould Gallery, on Pall Mall, to see the exhibition ‘Beyond the Garden Wall’ this featured paintings of his travels mainly around the Mediterranean, Mexico and England, we also met Philip Mould. Following lunch we travelled by taxi to The Garden Museum, to see the exhibition ‘Artist Plantsman’ which featured his plant portraits. Into taxis again to our restaurant before making our different ways home. Many thanks to Jane Edwards who organised the day.
Susan Christopher-Coulson came to our meeting on 17th June and gave us a fantastic workshop. For all and particularly those not familiar with working with coloured pencil the information that she passed on about the types of pencils and paper she uses and the practical help she gave was first class.
Exhibitions this summer
- Cedric Morris – two complementary exhibitions. Philip Mould Gallery, Pall Mall and The Garden Museum, Lambeth Palace Road. Both exhibitions are on until 22nd July.
- SBA Exhibition – Woburn Abbey, 23rd & 24th June
- RHS Plant and Botanical Art Fair – RHS Horticultural Halls 11th July 11am – 8pm and 12th July 11am – 6pm
- Kew Gardens, Shirley Sherwood Gallery until 16th September. The Florilegium – An exhibition of works illustrating the beauty and diversity of plants grown by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. Also Works from the Shirley Sherwood Collection of native Australian and New Zealand plants.
Our society exhibition in Solihull was a success. We had many favourable comments especially on the high standard of work, congratulations to all who participated.
May 18th is Worldwide Day of Botanical Art. The Association of British Botanical Artists has organised an exhibition at The Peter Scott Gallery, University of Lancaster which is from 18th May to 8th June. More details on their website but if you cannot get to the exhibition you can obtain the catalogue through the web site it has images of all the paintings.
Other events supporting the day: SBA – ‘Linking People to Plants through Botanical Art’ at Artworkers Guild, London (ticket only). Kew – Shirley Sherwood Gallery, meet some of Kew’s botanical artists (?ticket only). Chelsea Physic Garden – Works on view by members of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society