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

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Garden party - You are invited!

Garden Party - A collaboration of kids and Professional Artists
July 11 - September 30, 2013

Fredric C. Hamilton Gallery, Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045

Featured artists: Barbara McKee, Jean Caggiano, R. Garriott, Jane Jones Tracy Wall
Meet the artists: Wednesday, August 14th, 10:30 a.m. - noon
Light Refreshments

(Barbara McKee is featured with 10 pieces of art in this exhibit)

Monday, July 22, 2013

You are what you eat!


Guiseppe Archimboldo lived during the 16th century (1526 - 1593) and was the appointed court painter to Holy Roman Emperors Maximilian and Rudolf II in Vienna. In his portraits instead of eyes, moths, noses and cheeks we see fruits, flowers, broken branches, fish, chicks and much else. Archimboldo's portraits were already celebrated by his contemporaries as jokes, however they reflect the serious scientific study of nature that was very characteristic for his time (16th century). 
In the illustration above Susan DiMarchi has used 15 - 20 fruits to create the portrait (papaya, pear, strawberry, raspberry, unripe Concord grapes, champagne grapes, tomatoes, watermelon, kiwi, star fruit, red banana, peach, nectarine, persimmon and Buddha fingers plus some more). This is a practice piece in preparation of her forthcoming class in our series of Drawing on tradition (Drawing on Tradition: Archimboldo - Nature and Fantacy) starting on September 12th. For more information and to register please click here


Saturday, July 20, 2013

Sheila Payne: A Retrospective

Please join us today:

Join us for this reception, meet the artist, and marvel at the works! Sheila Payne has been an iconic part of the Botanical illustration community!
July 16 through August 23
Sheila Payne, A Retrospective
Square Deal Gallery
1460 S. Colorado Boulevard
Denver, CO
Reception: Saturday, July 20, 2013, 4 to 6 PM.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Fruit time

(by Karen May, to view the illustration larger, please click the image)

In our series on historical illustration a colored pencil class focused on late 19th and early 20th century fruit crate labels. Each student designed their own label for their own imaginary product and came up with a lovely variety of work which included today's QR-codes and all-organic labels. Please see more illustrations from this course by clicking here (the instructor was Susan Rubin)   

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Plants, Birds and Pollinators: Art Serving the Science

(Luna Moth by John Cody)

November 24, 2013 – February 9, 2014
Venue: Gates Garden Court Gallery, Denver Botanic Gardens

Reception: Sunday, November 24 2013, 1 – 3 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens and the Guild of Natural ScienceIllustrators (GNSI) are pleased to announce a premier juried exhibition opportunity for GNSI members only, highlighting the subject matter of plants, birds and pollinators. Subjects may include plants only or animals only (birds, pollinating mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians), however the judging weight will be given to images that emphasize plants and their relationship with their pollinators, or seed scatterers.
Entries must be submitted digitally via CallforEntry.org™, also known as CaFÉ™. CaFÉ™ is a web-based service that has detailed on-line submission instructions and a team of professionals available to address your tech support needs. Please read more by clicking here

Monday, July 8, 2013

Fungi Pharmacy - call for entries

(Gymnopus acervatus by Libby Kyer, Colored Pencil)

September 9 – October 28, 2013
Venue: Porter Adventist Hospital, Denver, CO

Porter Adventist Hospital is dedicated to providing a nurturing and healing environment for their patients and the families of their patients. Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration has been invited to help implement this mission. 
You are encouraged to participate in a juried exhibit highlighting fungi (including lichens) that have medicinal/healing properties; something that might be available in the “Fungal Pharmacy.”
This exhibit will travel after Porter to Parker (November 4 – December 30, 2013); Littleton (January 6 – February 24, 2014) and Castle Rock (March 3 – April 28, 2014) Adventist Hospitals

For more details please click here (need to have a Google account) or under OF NOTE on the right hand column

You can find the entry form by clicking here (need to have a Google account) or under OF NOTE on the right hand column

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Roaches, beetles and humor


(by Karen Eberhardt - Please click to enlarge)

Our subject matter is not always only plants but also bugs, birds and butterflies. This is one of the studies from our advanced carbon dust class (instructor Karen Beatty), one of the more humorist  pieces. Please see more plates from that class by clicking here.