July 2019 meeting and Book Review

A change for our meeting on 21st July, two mini workshops by members. The morning was led by Diane who showed us a way of using spare pieces or cut off pieces of our watercolour and cartridge paper and also a way of utilising the cardboard backs of our pads to make mini workbooks. In the afternoon Jennifer gave a brief history of the use of gold leaf in art and then showed a more modern way to use gold leaf as a background. This method can also be used with other imitation metals. The images used included a butterfly, strawberry, fuchsia flower, poppy seedhead and fig (on vellum). It can also be used as a  highlight or for letters.

Book Review – RHS Botanical Illustration – The Gold Medal Winners. Author Charlotte Brookes

This book begins with a historical introduction from the commissioning of the first drawings by William Hooker in 1806 (the RHS then known as The Horticultural Society of London) to the present day. The Lindley Collection now numbers 30,000 drawings and paintings ranging in date from the early seventeenth century. In the late 1980’s there was a move to aquire new paintings and by 2000 it had been established that the library would acquire botanical art of Gold Medal standard and 1000 new pieces have been obtained.

An RHS Gold Medal is a highly prestigious award which people from all over the world strive to obtain. This book documents the work of 60 gold medal winning artists (more than one painting for some) Each has a mini biography of the artist and many are accompanied by information on the production of the painting.