Workshop with Ann Swan – 20th September 2015

This day focused on graphite pencil work and underpainting plus graphite. The different makes of pencils were discussed and the techniques for sharpening. Ann demonstrated resist techniques using embossing tools, hard pencils and a wax blender. These techniques are useful for creating texture and hair effects on leaves and seedheads. Underpainting can complement graphite pencil drawing, coloured pencils or pastel pencils can be used.

Then it was our turn to faintly draw a daffodil bulb and colour in using a range of colours to reflect the hues on the bulb. These colours were blended using a felt tip solvent pen then graphite was applied on top. An enjoyable day with BSBA members learning new techniques to enhance our work.

Art Materials Live at the NEC – 5th to 8th November 2015

The society has been asked to have a stand to publicise the society at this event. It will be a chance to display the work of the society with artwork from all skill levels and to advertise our events and meetings. Volunteers are needed to help on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Contact Elizabeth Green if you can help.

Big Draw at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens – October 10th 2015

The theme of this year’s event is ‘every drawing tells a story’. Adults and children will be encouraged to draw plants and the garden, and observe artists from the society. Jane Edwards is organising this and events will take place from 12.30. Paper, pencils and crayons will be provided for members of the public to draw the plants and flowers. Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens is full of rare and unusual plants from the 18th century, and this is a great opportunity to draw and paint there.

Please support this event by visiting and encouraging others to do so.

Exhibition-London’s Secret Garden

This was an excellent exhibition at the Chelsea Physic Garden held from 4th-26th August 2015. A relatively small exhibition of botanical paintings and drawings all of a very high standard including a painting of Allium cepa @Long Red Florence by, our member, Jeni Neale.

The Chelsea Physic Garden’s Florilegium Society held this exhibition to celebrate their 20th anniversary. A book which features many of the paintings from the exhibition is of a very high standard -reflected in its price but a worthy purchase. This book features 78 full page plates accompanied by information on the characteristics of the plants.

Coloured Pencil Workshop – 21st June 2015

This workshop based on depicting a purple Phalaenopsis orchid was led by two members Jane Wilkes and Jo Lloyd.

The pencils used were mainly Faber Castell Polychromo, with some Prisma and Caran d’Ache. The prisma pencils are more difficult to obtain, they are available from the website of Ann Swann or from America.

Jane did four demonstrations, firstly depicting a petal then a leaf followed by a root and part of a stem.Both Jane and Jo came around offering advice and help.

The EGM was held at lunchtime. At this meeting Liz Green agreed to be the next Chairman and Sheila Smith offered her services as Secretary for the Society. Many thanks go to the outgoing Chairman – Julia Blower and to the Secretary – Sue Wilson, both are remaining on the committee for the next year.