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

Friday, February 26, 2010

Greetings from San Miguel de Allende

Cesar Arias, the founder of El Charco Botanical Gardens in San Miguel

Susa Rubin will be teaching in our satellite program at El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Gardens starting tomorrow and until March 12th. The first seven days covers an intense Color Layering for Colored Pencil and Colored Pencil I and the second week (5 days) is all about succulents with colored pencil. There will also be four students from the Denver program in the second class. Today we had a nice orientation in the city of San Miguel, visited El Charco, Susan saw her classroom and in the evening we attended a very nice reception for the students participating in one or both of the colored pencil classes. The weather is perfect, + 22 C, and we can feel the traces of the strong sun on our face (at least I do).

I will be posting some pictures in the BI-facebook shortly.

(Casa Cultura, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico)

Sunday, February 21, 2010

February 2010 BI-Graduates are On-line!

(Watercolor by Estelle Deridder, BI-Graduate of February 2010)

The new graduate pages including examples of their work can be found by following the link on the right hand column or by clicking here.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Congratulations Graduates!

Please join me in congratulating the seven new graduates in Botanical illustration:
Estelle Deridder, Susan DiMarchi, Leslie Jordan, Judy Samtambrogio, Trudy Sauter, Laura Thomason and Pamela Wolfe! (Pictures are coming soon)

(Illustration: Typha latifolia by Susan DiMarchi, Pen and Ink)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Botanical Interests in Cafe Botanique!

Quality and Purity - Education and Inspiration
Curtis Jones, President, Botanical Interests, Inc.
Fifteen years ago, Curtis Jones and Judy Seaborn came up with an idea for a seed packet. After 15 years of almost unbelievably difficult situations, botanical interests now ships over 5 million seed packets to over 2500 independent garden centers and health food grocery stores nationally.
Inspired by a high school biology teacher, Curtis became interested in Horticulture and received his BS in Plant Science and his MS in Agronomy. After years of horticultural sales, Curtis and the love of his life, Judy, started Botanical Interests, Inc., a seed packet company.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Denver Botanic Gardens - Morrison Center
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Feathers with scratchboard

(Scratchboard by Libb Kyer, please click the image to enlarge)
I couldn't resist posting this feather created by Libby Kyer in Pen and Ink with the scratchboard technique. It shows so crearly how easy you can produce delicate textures so opften occuring also in the plantworld.
Our week-end workshop in Scratchboard is offered on February 19-21, 2010 - for more information and to register, please click here (some seats still available).

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Imaginative Realism

James Gurney's latest publication: Imaginative Realism - How to paint What Doesn't Exists came out already for months ago and this blog entry is unfortunately very much overdue. Those of you who attended his lecture and workshop at the Denver Botanic gardens in March 2009 might already have it - this is a groundbreaking volume about imaginative picture making, very useful information for illustrators which is so hard to find in any guide books. The majority of the background material for this book comes from James Gurney's lectures and his art blog, a great deal is completely new and has never been published before. This book got the 2009 PT PIX Best Book Award. If you like to purchase a signed copy and cannot attend any of his book signing events in the future, you can download a order form and mail it to the Dinotopia Store.
Related to this and models for art, Denver Botanic Gardens' Botanical Art and Illustration Programs have included a 2-day Botanical Models Workshop in the elective curriculum (more information...)