"A Year In The Garden"
Botanical Art Exhibition: 17th Feb - 11th March 2018
Easton Walled Gardens
It was with huge delight that I was invited to participate, alongside two other botanical artists - Sue Vize and Norma Greggory - in Easton's inaugural botanical art exhibition. The title of the exhibition provides the chance to see (and buy!) 40+paintings plus a marvellous collection of cards, notebooks and bookmarks, all available to purchase. The exhibition also coincides with Easton's stunning snowdrop days. Click on the image on the left for further details about opening times, events and so much more.
2019 - What A Year!
2019 has been a very busy year (and it's not over yet), and in brief:
January: awarded Fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists
January: launced new series of art in nature classes in conjunction with the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust
January: classes recommenced at Barnsdale Gardens
February & March: "Plants & Pollinators" exhibition at Easton Walled Gardens
March: "Spring Flowers" - 2-day botanical art workshop, Easton Walled Gardens
April: Church Langton Art Group: intro to botanical art
May: new "Intro. to Colour" workshop at Easton Walled Gardens
June: "Plantae" exhibition - Society of Botanical Artists, Mall Galleries, London
July: "Summer Colours" - 2-day botanical art workshop, Easton Walled Gardens
August: "Leaves & Greens" - Botanical Summer School, Barnsdale Gardens
September: "Autumn Colours" - workshop with the Northern Society of Botanical Artists, Sheffield
September:"Autumn Bounty" - 2-day botanical art workshop, Easton Walled Gardens
September: demonstration at Easton's Autumn Fair
September: Church Langton Art Group - Autumn Treasures
September: regular classes recommenced at Barnsdale Gardens
October/November/December: finishing touches to paintings, arranging scans and printing, packing cards - all for Easton Walled Gardens' Botanical Art Exhibition, February & March 2020
I haven't regretted a minute of it so far, though, and each week seems to bring new adventures, new friends and new ideas.
As part of the publicity for the above Painting By Nature course, and a general introduction to other botanical activities, I was interviewed by the lifestyle magazine Rutland & Market Harborough Living for their feature 'Artist of the Month'. It was good fun, and we all had a giggle, with the promise from Ellie of Ellie Dean Photography, of some image manipulation trickery with the final pics.
"Painting By Nature"
Have you wanted to learn how to portray the beauty and marvels of the natural world, but don't quite know where or how to start? Do you feel you lack the confidence to pick up a pencil or paint brush? Let me introduce you, with gentle encouragement and structured lessons, to the colours and textures of the natural world using a variety of mediums, including graphite, watercolour and pen.
Aimed at the enthusiastic beginner, the course will run for 6 sessions.
It is with sadness that I have to report that Easton Walled Gardens are no longer offering a programme of workshops. Anybody who has already booked onto the workshops for 2021 will receive a refund from Easton Walled Gardens, and I have been told that delegates will be given my contact details. I will be attending the Country Fair, 6th September 2020, and hope to see as many of my previous students as possible.
I am saddened by this news as I feel such a deep connection with the Gardens and the team of lovely staff working there. I have met so many enthusiastic and wonderful delegates, and wish Easton Walled Gardens success with their business plans going forward.
As they say, though, when one door closes, another opens..........
'Plantae 2020' - Society of Botanical Artists
3 - 30 June 2020
As with so many events planned for 2020, the annual open exhibition due to be held at the Mall Galleries, London, became another Covid casualty. The SBA took the decision to stage the exhibition on-line instead. The exhibition showcases 426 pieces of art produced by artists from all around the world.
Click on the link below to go to the SBA's website, grab a glass of something chilled and enjoy the viewing: