Camellia japonica, Watercolor by S. B. Olsson
A random selection is presented here. Please, see also the images in the previous post (April 22, 2007).
Denver Botanic Gardens' School of Botanical Art and Illustration is designed to teach the skills necessary to portray plants accurately both for scientific purposes and for beautiful plant illustrations. The school is open for everybody, both for committed illustrator and enthusiastic amateur. The program can lead to a Certificate that is offered only a few locations worldwide. The Certificate Program was initiated and established in 1990 by Angela Overy.
April 24 the Botanical Art and Illustration course catalog will be posted as downloadable pdf-file at the Denver Botanic Gardens’ website. You can also download the illustrated program following the link on the right hand column. Program in glance. You can start the REGISTRATION for all classes in the catalogue on May 14.
Today we met the artists at the RMBAS’ excellent SPRING! exhibit. More pictures will be posted shortly. Please, take the opportunity to visit the exhibit.
Crested Butte has been officially designated the Wild Flower Capital of Colorado. Over eight hundred species are sprinkled through out 850,000 acres of wilderness making this the best area for wild flower viewing in the state!
The Rendezvous Gallery located in Crested Butte, Colorado has extended and invitation to Colorado Botanical Artists to participate in a show of Contemporary Botanical Wild Flower Art that will be on display for the Annual Wild Flower Festival of 2007.
Call for Entries
Please make note of the classes starting in the end of April and beginning of May.
You can see the classes offered from the required curriculum by clicking here, and the ones from the electives by clicking here. Please note, that “Surface textures with the microscope” class is limited to 10 students (a week-end course). The class we are offering in computer graphics starting on April 30th is a four week class (3 hours 45 min per session). Composition is offered in Fort Collins and is a week-end course.
Please visit our beautiful and educational Butterflies and other pollinators show in Gates Garden Court. Remember the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists SPRING! Show at the Wildlife Experience Fine Art Gallery and 'Meet the artists reception' on Sunday, April 22, 5-7 p.m. Finally, have you looked closer at the plants flowering in your yard right now – mostly tulips .
Denver area is expected to get some snow tomorrow (one foot or little more) that can cause traffic problems. In the worst case scenario, the Denver Botanic Gardens will be closed. By noon time tomorrow, Friday we will know if the reception at 5 p.m. will be postponed. The weather and snow advisory for the Gardens, please call 720-865-3620.
In a story blooming with beauty and scientific mystery, NOVA investigates the remarkable discovery of an ancient fossil that some leading scientists believe could be the earliest evidence of a flower. "First Flower" probes the controversy sparked by this unique fossil found in a remote area of China where dinosaurs roamed more than 100 million years ago. Does this discovery hold the key to one of science's deepest mysteries? Join us on a detective hunt for the very first flower and explore the still unfolding story of how and why flowers evolved.
"First Flower" will premiere Tuesday, April 17 at 8:00 p.m. on most PBS stations. Check your local listings to confirm when it will be broadcast near you: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/schedule-local.html
The list of project participants can be found here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/flower/bios.html
'David Dilcher continues examining clues to the fossil's origins and age, the fossil also starts to garner controversy. Among the most vocal critics of the find is Stockholm-based paleobotanist Else Marie Friis (editors note: a colleague and a good friend of mine). Friis has made another remarkable discovery captured in the film: tiny, 120 million-year-old flower buds that long ago turned to charcoal. Friis doesn't question that Archaefructus is an ancient flowering plant, but believes earlier examples are yet to be found. (PBS/NOVA)