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

Thursday, September 30, 2010

GNSI - Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

Have a look at the new and refreshed GNSI website. You can find lots and lots of important and useful information for us illustrators.  You can also find a nice page for  Denver Botanic Gardens' Botanical Illustration Retreat, and other upcoming events and workshops around.You can connect with the GNSI-community through the forum - in order to post your own comment you'll need to log in.
Careers, education and training are always the burning questions, on this website you can get loads of information, help and hints from specialists. Parts of the website are still under construction so please keep checking back frequently.
Very well done - Congratulations to the GNSI web design team.

Information how to join GNSI can be found here.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Botanical Illustration program in El Charco del Ingenio

 (Sketches from San Miguel © Marjorie Leggitt, Sept. 28, 2010)
Our satellite program in the Mexican art center, San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico, is continuing with a Flower Portrait course that has a special focus in composite flowers (Instructed by Marjorie Leggitt). The partnership with the botanical garden of El Charco del Ingenio has soon continued for one year, please see the more detailed information for the remaining classes for 2010 by clicking here. The schedule for 2011 is coming soon.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Color and Light by James Gurney

 - Coming soon.

(Please click the image to enlarge)
Color and Light is the second book based on James Gurneys blog and will come out in November. The first in this series was Imaginative Realism,  #1 bestseller on the Amazon list for art instruction and painting. 
In his new book James Gurney tests the color in the light of science and observation. He also examines how light reveals form, and studies the properties of color, pigments and atmospheric effects. 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Cabinet of Curiosities



Cabinet of Wonder, Kunstkammer or Wunderkammer were known by many different names but it always was an encyclopedic collection of natural history objects from the Renaissance Europe. I like to introduce to you a website A Cabinet of Curiosities which mostly deal with Microscopic Slides and filled with useful historical information.
I could not find any slides of pollen grains, the diatoms are represented with a very informative section.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

All About Humidity in Cafe Botanique, Thursday Sept 16


Science of Measuring Humidity
By Bruce McDuffee, Vaisala Inc., Louisville, CO

We all know about humidity as we feel it change.  Our bodies are good hygrometers in that we can essentially measure humidity on a rough and large scale.  But wouldn't you like to know what the definition of humidity is?  How do the TV weathermen measure humidity with any accuracy?  What does dew point temperature mean and how could you apply it in your daily life?  Learn all this and more.

Bruce McDuffee is the Vaisala Marketing Director for the Americas and the Chief Humidity Instructor for Vaisala.  He teaches industry professionals and metrologists around the world about the theory and best practices in the measurement of humidity. Mr. McDuffee has much experience with helping customers in many industries to improve their measurement processes towards more reliable, accurate and repeatable humidity measurements.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Reserve your seat by clicking here

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Congratulations September 2010 Graduates!

(Euphorbia lactea 'Cristata', watercolor by Anna Arkin) 

Please join me to congratulate the five new Botanical Illustration graduates from the Denver Botanic Gardens'  Botanical Art and Illustratioin Program: Anna Arkin, Susan Dorsey, Katie Geist, Susan Jensen and Barbara Weaver. 
To complete the Certificate Program for Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens is an impressive achievement representing so much hard work, both in and out of the classroom.We are very impressed with the level of your competence, and we are thoroughly proud of you. 
Samples of each graduates work is available by following the link on the right hand column of this blog under 2010 Portfolio Reviews or by clicking here. The quality of the images is in many cases unfortunately questionable due to the lighting, and to the fact that some of the artwork was framed and behind the glass.

The Student Show will hang from October 9 to November 7, 2010; the certificate awards ceremony and reception will be held on Sunday, October 10, 2010, 1-3 p.m. in the Gates Garden Court at Denver Botanic Gardens. Students and their families are invited to attend!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Chinese Brush Painting

(Sally Yu Leung instructing a student)
The traditional Chinese painting goes back to at least 4000 before our era and it has always been very closely related to the other crafts, history and traditions in China. Flower painting was separated from decorative art to form an independent section around the 9th century. Reflecting the ideals and character of the individual scholars, the motifs traditionally painted were plum blossoms, orchids, bamboo, chrysanthemums, pines and cypresses. There is always a great deal of symbolism in Chinese painting. The traditional media was ink and ink washes, in the modern times the painters have mixed several colors with black inks resulting to more natural and richly varied colors.


Denver Botanic Gardens' Botanical Art and Illustration Program has included Chinese brush painting in its elective curriculum already the third year in a row. This is an excellent way to get familiar with this old unique technique and explore the abiding rhythms of nature and human culture in China. In all these years we have invited Ms.Sally Yu Leung from San Francisco, CA to teach us and her classes are always immensly popular and sold out. Ms. Leung specializes in Chinese culture and folk art, often producing and curating cultural exhibits. She has many active roles at the San Francisco's Asian Art Museum - including Mayor-Appointed Asian Art Commissioner, Board of the Society for Asian Art, and Senior Docent - and has served on the boards of the Asian American International School and the Chinese Cultural Foundation. Sally also teaches Chinese calligraphy and brush painting at Pixar Animation Studios. Please see more photos from the class in the BI-Facebook.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

BI-classes have a new home in Hibiscus (Classroom H)



Botanical Art and Illustration Classes have moved from the basement of the to the Boettcher Memorial Center (Classroom C) to the brand new Hibiscus Classroom on the second level of Marnie's Pavilion. Above Libby Kyer is starting her colored pencil techniques class: Pansy Portraits (please click the image to enlarge). See more pictures from the new classroom and its surroundings in the BI-Facebook.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art in Denver

(Not botanical, but certainly of interest for the Denver arts and design community):

Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art survey Colorado art history with over 170 artists represented by more than 700 works. The museum's collections have a strong focus on the first three quarters of the 20th Century. The museum shows a retrospective of Colorado's distinguished painter, Vance Kirkland (1904-1981).


The Furniture of Eero Saarinen: Designs for Everyday Living 
is the featured exhibit in Kirkland Museum between September 3 and November 28, 2010.
Please see the upcoming events connected to this exhibit by clicking here.