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Sunday, June 30, 2013

GNSI Annual Conference 2013

(by Susan Curnutte)

The Annual GNSI Conference is  starting soon in Bar Harbor, Maine. You can still register and paticipate!
Susan Curnutte's Eggplant and the Grasshopper is one of the pieces which are included in the GNSI member show (more images from the Denver group are added soon). 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Nature's Partnership - Reminder

(By Randy Raak)
 Nature's Partnership reception at Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster, CO on Thursday, June 27) 5 - 7 p.m. 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Nature's Partnership - National Pollinator week June 17 - 23, 2013

 (Monarch and scarlet milkweed, Marj Hopkins, colored pencil and ink)
In conjunction of the National Pollinator Week (managed by the Pollinator Partnership and approved by the U.S. Senate) Denver Botanic Gardens and the Butterfly Pavilion are highlighting plants and pollinators through an art exhibit. Nine talented artists from the School of  Botanical Art and Illustration are showing their works at the Butterfly Pavilion during June and July (June 1 - July 28). If you like to get a sneak peak to the illustrations, please click here.
Artist reception will be held on June 27, 5 - 7 p.m.  (driving directions)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Download the printable course catalog here.

Monday, June 10, 2013

To the Point: Interview with Susan Rubin

The latest issue of Colored Pencil Society of America's membership newsletter To The Point includes an interview with one of our core instructors: Susan Rubin. Susan has been one of our Colored Pencil and Graphite teachers for many years and had one of her colored pencil pieces selected into the Explore This! 8 - online exhibit (2012).

Friday, June 7, 2013

From our conservatory

(Cecropia, Laurence Pierson Martin, watercolor on paper)

Earlier this year we had a watercolor course focusing on One Big Leaf from our conservatory (instructor was Constance Sayas). Laurence Pierson-Martin chose to paint the dried Cecropia leaf - Enjoy! 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

A Mystery from the Seventeenth century - warmly recommended reading

There’s a peculiar book preserved in the manuscripts department of the Bodleian Library about which little is known. The pages bear vivid, naive but carefully observed watercolours of ripe fruits: 12 types including two varieties of “apricockes” and a dozen “peeches”, most of them barely recognisable ancestors of the common peach that you and I might buy in Waitrose. They’re interspersed with insects, frogs, birds, even imaginary hybrid beasts and a miniature squirrel, sometimes seemingly in dialogue. All the drawings have a fresh immediacy to the modern eye. Read more...

The Tradescants' Orchard - Bodleian Library 
In addition to the vibrant primitive watercolor paintings (66 in all) which are reproduced here in facsimile format for the first time there is a general introduction which lays open the mystery of why and how these fascinating watercolors were created.  Captivating and warmly recommended reading!