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

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sustainable Farming and Carbon Sequestration in Farm Soils! - Exiting talk in Cafe Botanique, Thursday March 10th, 6:30 p.m.

Frank Henderson in 2016 (left) and at Oathills Farm with two brothers in the 1950s
plucking chickens and wearing home made lambskin jackets (Frank on the left.)

Sustainable Farming and Carbon Sequestration in Farm Soils
Frank (Francis) Henderson, Oathill Farm, Cotswold, U.K.
Frank Henderson is the son of George Henderson, author of “The Farming Ladder,” a classic in agricultural practice published in 1943. He has farmed at Oathill Farm on the Cotswolds all his life, taking over the farm for his parents.
Along with his sister Louise, Henderson raised pigs and produced hay for 40 years. While they no longer have livestock, they remain among the U.K.'s leading small specialist producers of Race Horse Hay.
An inventor and builder of farm machinery, Henderson has won national awards for his innovations and even created a famous bale stacking machine. He was local chairman of the National Farmers Union and currently serves as Chairman of The Oxfordshire Agricultural Discussion Society (TOADS).

Just last summer, the BBC aired a program about Oathill Farm and the the sustainable farming that George Henderson initiated. It also includes a short interview with Frank Henderson. 

Don’t miss this special opportunity! 

Thursday, March 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Sarah Simblet in Cafe Botanique, March 9th, 6:30-8 p.m.

Process of The New Sylva
Dr. Sarah Simblet, U.K.

John Evely’s Sylva, published by the Royal Society in 1664, didn’t include any images. It was the world’s first comprehensive study of trees. In 2014 sivologist Gabriel Hemery and artist Sarah Simblet created a spectacular, contemporary version of the original. Interweaving science, art and history with over 200 exquisite drawings The New Sylva describes the most common tree species in U.K.
Sarah Simblet will tell the story behind The New Sylva and the secrets of capturing the character of trees. In this talk she is providing some penetrating insights into the mind, vision, and technical expertise of an exceptional anatomical artist.

Dr. Sarah Simblet is a fine artist, broadcaster, lecturer and anatomist whose works explores the relationship between science, history and art. She has published three major art reference books with DK: Anatomy for the Artist, The Drawing Book and Botany for the Artist and exhibits her drawings through her books. She contributes regularly to British, American and international television and radio programs about science and art, and consults on national exhibitions. She is a tutor in anatomy at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, a lecturer at the National Gallery, London.
Reserve your seat by following this link.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Flora of Our National Parks

Geum trifolium - prairie smoke (Yellowstone National Park), watercolor by Constance Sayas

In collaboration with the National Park Service, United States Botanic Garden is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service by showcasing some of the plant species and communities found at the more than 400 national parks. Among the 66 artists/illustrators exhibiting the 79 pieces, we have several connected to our BI-community: Constance Sayas (2 pieces),  Michael Campbell, Susan Rubin, Suzanne Stutzman (2 pieces), Vanessa Martin and Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski. The exhibit is displayed from February 18 to October 2, 2016 at the Conservatory West Gallery.
The complete list of participants, species exhibited and the connection to national parks can be seen here

Congratulations to each and every participant!

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary!

Heliconia collinsiana (Accession #659590, July 3, 1965), watercolor by Suzanne Stutzman

The construction of the 11,500 square foot Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory  started in 1964 and the Edna and Claude Boettcher Memorial Conservatory was formally dedicated in  January 16, 1966.
More than 600 tropical species and varieties were acquired to the new conservatory in 1965. Of those original plants we have a number left in the conservatory. The School of Botanical Art and Illustration designed four cards (available in the Gardens' gift shop) to celebrate this event.  More...
Cecropia peltata (Accession #650493, May 6, 1965), hand-colored etching by Vanessa Martin.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Scarlet Giant' (Accession #650163, July 15, 1965), colored pencil and graphite by Judy Vanderbosch

 This is the only conservatory in the country made of cast-in place concrete. Piper auritum, graphite by Randy Raak

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Jewelry Boxes and more -

Debra Ackley, entry level Colored Pencil
At the entry level colored pencil we create "jewelry boxes" which are great not only for leaning the basics about the medium but also develop the eye for composition. 
If you follow this link you can see random examples from that class and also examples from other color media classes inspired either of exotic fruits, medieval medicine or botanical realism.

Botanical realism, Barbara Churchley, watercolor

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Painted Sky is out

Painted Sky: 106 Artists of the Rocky Mountain West by E. Ashley Rooney has recently published by Schiffer Publishing.
Vanessa Martin and Mary McCauley  from our BI-community are featured among the 106 contemporary artists from six different western states. Vanessa is mainly a watercolor artist and Mary applies her botanical illustration skills to fiber art.
Arpeggio, cotton fabrics and thread by Mary McCauley

Yucca glauca, watercolor by Vanessa Martin

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cafe Botanique with Kathleen Cain, Wednesday February 10, 6:30-8 p.m.

The Secret Star: A Closer Look at Cottonwoods
Kathleen Cain
In an interactive show-and-tell, Colorado author Kathleen Cain shares materials she collected while researching cottonwood trees. The treasures include photos of the former National Plains Cottonwood Champion near Hygiene and hands-on instruction in how to "read" a twig. 

Kathleen Cain is the author of “The Cottonwood Tree: An American Champion,” published by Johnson Books in 2007 and is nominated for a Colorado Book Award. She is also a published poet, essayist and member of Denver Botanic Gardens, with an active interest in nature.

Gates Hall
Wednesday February 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Strength of Black and White

Anne-Maria Nishi, pen and ink; please click to enlarge
There is no color needed to tell the story of these pieces. To see more (mostly graphite) illustrations from our recent classes, please click here.

 Tillansia duratii by Aaron Sedivy, graphite -  please click to enlarge