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

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Dahlias: A Challenge for an illustrator -

(Dahlia Mary's Jomanda- Wikipedia)

Dahlia originates in Mexico and was named after Anders Dahl, one of the C. Linnaeus apostles. Already the Aztecs cultivated dahlias in their gardens in the 1500’s. Some 30 wild dahlia species have been described and we have today more than 20’000 garden cultivars around. The intricate composite flower heads can vary from 1 to over 10 inches in diameter and the color of the ray flowers occur in all possible imaginable colors. Please see some cultivars by clicking here.
Please join the Dahlias and Zinnias illustration class starting next Tuesday (August 4, 1-4 p.m.). John Quade, a dahlia grower from Denver area will be one of your fellow students, he will also tell you about how to grow the plant and how to succeed with the ~400 varieties that he has in his yard. He will be supplying the class with at least 20 different types of dahlias.
For more information and to register please
click here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Nymphaea 'Bea Taplin'

(©Annie Reiser, please click to enlarge)

Nymphaea ‘Bea Taplin’ (Hardy Water Lily) illustrated by Annie Reiser (2008 BI-graduate) was presented tonight to Mrs. Bea Taplin, a long time supporter of Denver Botanic Gardens. This water lily was collected from Berkeley lakes (Denver, CO) for years ago and has since then been treasured in the Denver Botanic Gardens. (See some more images from the Transformation Celebration in the BI-Facebook).
Beautifully done Annie (medium: colored pencil on mylar)!

Nymphaea 'Bea Taplin' in the Denver Botanic Gardens Victoria pond. (Photo: MHjK)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Botanical Art in Filoli

11th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition, June 23 through Sunday, August 16. (In the picture Anemone coronaria by Carol Till)

If you are in northern California, please stop by the legendary Fioli gardens in the southern end of Crystal Springs Lake, at Woodside, just 30 miles south of San Francisco.
The main House was designed by architect Polk and completed 1917. Bruce Porter helped the owners Mr. and Mrs. Bourn to create the extensive formal garden. In 1975 the present owner, Mrs. Roth donated 125 acres including the House and the formal garden to National Trust for Historic Preservation, the remaining 529 acres were given to Filoli Center.
Today Filoli with its 654 acres is recognized as one of the finest remining country estates of the early 20th century and can be enjoyed by the public. You can visit the Georgian country house, enjoy the 16-acre Renaissance garden, tour the heirloom orchards or take a 2.5 hour hike in the Filoli Nature Preserve. Filoli also offers an extensive educational program, including Botanical Art Certificate Program.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Alpine Wildflowers with CONPS

Join Megan Bowes and Elizabeth Drozda-Freeman from Colorado Native Plant Society’s Boulder Chapter for a hike to the alpine flora above Lake Isabelle. We'll key out plants of the upper montane, subalpine, and alpine communities in the Indian Peaks Wilderness Area around Lake Isabelle.

The hiking on this field trip will be strenuous, and the weather can be unpredictable. Please pack appropriate clothing, water, snacks and a lunch to carry with you.
When: Friday, July 24, 7:30 a.m. to ~2:30 p.m.
Meet for car-pooling at 7:30 a.m. in the Heil Valley Ranch parking lot, 81 Geer Canyon Dr. , Boulder
Email Elizabeth or 303-586-1810 to reserve your spot.

Friday, July 17, 2009

The signs are up!

DBG's new parking structure has got a nice sign on its wall and the lower level is already open for parking! Similar sign is on the wall of the new visitor center and that will be open for public next week! You can see more fotos in the Facebook.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Focus on Linear and Atmospheric Perspective -

DBG's Landmarks and Landscapes meet Botanical Illustration ...
(© Karla Beatty, 2009)

Denver landscape architect Saco De Boer drafted the first plan for Denver Botanic Gardens on its new location on York Street already in 1952. In his plan 100 acres was designated for the Gardens. Landscape architect Garrett Eckbo created the master plan for the gardens 1959 (18 acres) and his firm, EDAW (office established in San Francisco, CA) gained distinction of designing out the world’s very first modernistic botanic garden The conservatory was designed by Victor Hornbein in 1964. It was the only conservatory in America that was made of concrete and Plexiglas.
At the Botanical illustration class: Landmarks and Landscapes you can learn much more about the architectural history of DBG. You will also learn the basic essentials of drawing and painting landscapes. The special emphasis will be on linear and atmospheric perspective.

More information and to register, please click here, link.

(© Karla Beatty, 2009)

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


(Eritrichium howardii, Photo: M. Klintgen)
Now, finally even the BI-program has joined the Facebook (Please see the sign on the righthand column).
I decided to do that because photos can be easily uploaded without any need to make the huge digital files smaller. I uploaded quite few photos from the rock alpine garden to start with – these are from plants which are on the list to be illustrated for the NARGS 2010 art exhibit as well as for the planned publication. There are still some plants which do not have an illustrator, e.g. Pelargonium that will be in flower very soon. In order to see the photos, you need to sign in to Facebook, it is free for everybody, then you search for Botanical Illustration – you’ll find it immediately.
Facebook hopefully also helps you to connect and share with your BI-friends. Facebook is also easy and quick way to communicate, easier than start a dialog on the blog – I believe.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Arthur Lakes: "If the men of business want a rest...

...go a-sketching"
Arthur Lakes (1844-1917) is said to be the father of the Geology in Colorado. As a young naturalist he discovered the first dinosaur bones and the first dinosaur tracks on the Dakota Hogback in Morrison, Colorado. Arthur Lakes was also an artist, writer, minister and a teacher. He worked at what is now the Colorado School of Mines and after retirement at the U.S. Geological Survey. Lakes was geologist, reverend, naturalist, professor, author, collector, mining expert, coal and oil expert and artist. Sketching, drawing and painting formed an essential foundation of Lakes’ life. He was sketching where ever he went. He published over 800 articles and most of his writing was very entertaining.
The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge have published a stimulating volume about Arthur Lakes, written and compiled by Katherine K. Honda and Beth Simmons. The volume is beautifully illustrated with Arthur Lakes’ sketches and some of his watercolors are also included. All Lakes written works are included on the accompanying CD-ROM.
For more information, please call Dinosaur Ridge at 303-697-3466 .

Fisher Peak, Trinidad, CO 1883 (oil 24"x60"). Arthur Lake painted this on the eve of his marriage. You can see the painting in Colorado School of Mines Library.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

How Mildred Became Famous

(pages 12-13 in the book, art by Jessa Huebing-Reitinger)
Jessa Huebing-Reitinger was one of our guest instructors in 2007. Quite recently her first book How Mildred Became Famous was published. This book is directed to children and is filled with Jessa’s great illustrations. You can see more of Jessa's art here, link. Her blog is updated frequently.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Cherry Creeks Arts Festival 2009

The 19th Annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival takes place July 3, 4, 5, 2009, in Denver’s Cherry Creek North Shopping District, from 2nd to 3rd Avenues, on the six streets between Clayton and Steele Streets.

Botanical Art and Illustration demonstration on Friday, July 3rd, 4-5 p.m. BI presenter is our graphite/watercolor instructor
Karla Beatty ( demonstration on Artist demo stage, on Clayton between 2nd and 3rd).

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Oldest and most influential

( Paphiopedilum lowii, artist: Daniel Williams; The Orchid Review, vol. 117, No 1286:90)
The more than 100 yr old Orchid Review is published by the Royal Horticultural Society. It is the oldest and probably the most influential orchid magazine around. It is published quarterly and each volume includes an article about orchid art and exhibitions. You can browse the contents of the Orchid Review since the Number 1239 (March 2001) and 2-3 articles/issue can be red online. If you like to subscribe the Review (including the New Hybrid List), please see more detailed information here.
In the latest issue (No 1286) botanical artist
Daniel Williams shares his experiences from an orchid expedition to Borneo in 2004 (access the article here).