A number of events to highlight this month
- Until 24th February at Nature in Art, Twigworth an exhibition by the Gloucester Society for Botanical Illustration (Sat Nav code GL2 9PG)
- The society outing to Kew on 14th March. The programme for this year is complete with the additions of a demonstration on propagating Fuchsias and a two mini workshops,one on making books – a useful way to use spare pieces of watercolour or cartridge paper and one on how to use gold or other transfer metals as a background to a painting.
- There is still time until 28th February 2019 to submit images for inclusion to the SBA exhibition which takes place in June.
- A One Day Botanical Workshop with Jeni Neale – Shades of Spring on Saturday 23rd March, 10am – 4.30pm. This is at Compton Verney, a museum and art gallery situated 9 miles from Stratford-on-Avon. It is on the B4086 between Wellesbourne and Kineton. Book on line or call 01926 645500, all places must be booked.
- Botanical Illustration Course at the Eden Project 28th – 31st March. Details are on their website. https://www.edenproject.com/visit/whats-on/introduction-to-botanical-illustration
On the 25th January 2019 The Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) published a list of their new Fellow members.
Congratulations are sent by the committee and members of this society to Celia Scottow, Adrienne Roberts and Jane Wilkes for gaining Fellowship of the SBA. This is a major achievement.
Look at the SBA Facebook page to see an image of Fig leaves by Celia Scottow, Eryngium by Jane Wilkes and two from Adrienne Roberts Hyacinths and Peony.
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.