It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Color theory and potatoes

[Laura Gilpin (1891-1979). "Basket of peaches," c. 1908-1916.]
In 1903 Auguste and Louis Lumière made a ground-breaking invention: They ground potatoes into microscopic particles and made them the basis for a dazzling new imaging process they called the autochrome, a new method for color photography.
Read more…

Laura Gilpin (1891-1979) used the same method in some of her outstanding photography.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Time to plan for February…

(Rosa gallica versicolor 'Rosa Mundi' by Kathy Cranmer - Gouache)

Take a minute and browse through the Botanical Art and Illustration course offerings for February: Both required and electives gives you a wide variety of choises, also note the exciting electives offered in the evenings time: Gouache and Transparent Acrylics, can you recall the last time these were offered for all of you who can not take any classes during the office hours – please, don’t let the opportunity go by you.
Check out all the weekend workshops! Our first guest workshop for 2008 is also coming up in a few weeks.
Also remember the Idex Seminum competition and the coloring book both are due in the beginning of February (more information).

Saturday, January 19, 2008

New Genus of Self-destructive Palm found in Madagascar

A gigantic palm that flowers itself to death has been discovered in Madagascar. This previously unknown genus is entirely new to science and has been named Tahina spectabilis. ‘Tahina’ is Malagasy for "to be protected" or "blessed" and is a given name of Anne-Tahina Metz, the daughter of the discoverer of the palm. ‘Spectabilis’ is Latin for spectacular.
Read more.....

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Photographs, do they lie?

BI with KGNU, How on Earth, January 15, 8:30 a.m. (3 minutes at ca 8:42 a.m. - 12 minutes after the start of the program).
(click the little yellow loudspeaker bubble to listen)

Kim Todd and Cafe Botanique with KGNU, Morning Magazine, January 16, 8:00 a.m. (~8:30 - 9:00 a.m.)
(click the little yellow loudspeaker bubble to listen)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Before Darwin, before Audubon, there was Maria Sibylla Merian...


Metamorphosis on Paper: The Life and Work of Maria Sibylla Merian
By Kim Todd

Thursday, January 17, 2008
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Even as a girl in seventeenth-century Frankfurt, Germany, Maria Sibylla Merian was fascinated by butterflies. Her investigations eventually lead her to South America where she spent two years conducting pioneering field studies and making watercolors for her masterwork The Metamorphosis of the Insects of Surinam. Her observations, documented in a study book she kept for 50 years, helped to lay the groundwork for the modern discipline of ecology. Her artistic techniques had long-ranging implications for the portrayal of animals and their relationship to plants.

Kim Todd, author of a new Merian biography, will detail her adventures and contributions to art and science. She has an M.F.A. in creative nonfiction and an M.S. in environmental studies, both from the University of Montana, and a B.A. in English from Yale. Her articles and essays have appeared in Orion, Sierra Magazine, California Wild and Grist, among other places. She has taught environmental and nature writing at the University of Montana, the University of California at Santa Cruz extension, and the Environmental Writers Institute. Todd is a senior fellow with the Environmental Leadership Program.
A book signing will follow the lecture.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

COMPETITION - Index Seminum 2008 Cover Art

Denver Botanic Gardens’ annual seed exchange publication, Index Seminum, is distributed worldwide and we are seeking a new cover illustration! More detailed information about Index Seminum here.
Jurors: Mike Bone – Senior Horticulturist, DBG and Cindy Tejral – Manager of Plant records, DBG
Eligibility: Open to all current Botanical Art and Illustration students enrolled in August 2006 through January 2008.
Subject: List of species is provided. All listed species are available for examination at the Kathryn Kalmbach Herbarium (hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.).
Media: Pen and Ink or Graphite
Submission Deadline: February 11, 2008

For other details, species accepted for illustration and entry form please click here.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Two BI - receptions

(Pears by Peggy Turchette)

Please mark in your calendar:
1. Wednesday, January 16th, 5-7 p.m.: Reception for the artists of
Fruits and Flowers of Asia

2. Friday, February 8th, 5-8 p.m.: Book signing reception and celebration of Libby Kyer. The book Today’s Botanical Artists will be available for purchase at the event – all proceeds will go to the BI-program. BOOK SIGNING POSTPONED (Difficulty with book delivery) to later date - keep tuned!

Congratulations Libby!

Libby Kyer, one of the strong pillars of our BI-program is the second author for the newly published book Today’s Botanical Artists. The ink is still wet – it came out just a day or two ago.
BI-program and Denver Botanic Gardens will organize booksigning reception and celebrate Libby – more details shortly.

Book Details:
ISBN: 9780764329050
Size: 11" x 8 1/2"
Illustrations: 220 color illustrations
Pages: 160
Availability: Now Available
Binding: Hard Cover

Friday, January 4, 2008

Drawing on Tradition

Last year (less than a week ago) you could read about our BI Drawing on Tradition-series. This image is a excellent example what can be and what is produced in that kind of class: Scarlet Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata), Tumbleweed Shield lichen (Xanthoparmelia chlorochroa) with Ebony Sedge (Carex ebenea) by Jan Boyd-Haring. This class was all about Albrecht Dürer and the instructor was Karla Beatty.

In the classroom the techniques and equipment used by Dürer were re-created…

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Meet the artists – view the show!

(M. Clark: Oriental Veggies)

You are cordially invited to a reception for the artists of Fruits and Flowers of Asia

Wednesday, January 16th, 5-7 pm

Denver Botanic Gardens’Gates Garden Court


Happy New Year!

(Besler 1561-1629)

Required courses and electives offered in January. We do also offer two introductory courses . The whole year schedule is available here.
(Carnation is the January flower)