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Friday, June 24, 2016

Potions, Poisons and Panaceas - open for submissions!

(Psilocybe zapotecorum by Martha Narey. This mushroom was named for the Zapotec indians and its Zapotec name badao zoo translates as "drunken mushroom")

We are now accepting entries for our September 8 - October 28, 2016 juried exhibition of contemporary botanical illustrations: Potions, Poisons and Panaceas, featuring plants and fungi with medicinal properties. Submission deadline is July 10, 2016 (11:59 p.m. MDT).
We are looking forward to your work!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Miniatures and more at Midsummer times

Pen and ink by Joanna Webster
The summer solstice with the strawberry moon was few days ago, the length of the daylight time in the northern hemisphere has culminated and the wildflowers are flourishing. Tomorrow is the Midsummer Eve which is traditionally linked to many magical and supernatural aspects especially in Northern Europe (Finland and Sweden).
In spite of the summer and vacation times our teaching schedule continues in the Hibiscus-classroom. Please keep in mind the availability of the spectacular specimens during the summer for your botanical drawings and browse our summer/fall catalog for suitable classes. The online registration can be found by clicking here.
You can see more works from our current classes by clicking here

Miniature study by Beth Bradford, ink applied with quill. 

Monday, June 6, 2016

May 2016 is history and Summer is here!

Pulsatilla sp. by Linda Forbess, watercolor

In the beginning of May Christabel King from U.K. visited us and we had the privilege to enjoy her tutoring for 5 days in Hibiscus classroom. The theme of the course was fine details in watercolor and a pasque flower (Pulsatilla sp.) was perfect subject matter for this undertaking. 
Christabel King is a botanist and has been doing illustrations mainly for Kew Gardens and The Curtis’s Botanical Magazine for 40 years.  She has a vast experience in the field as a tutor and illustrator, and will most likely return to Denver in the near future.
To see some more images from this course and other completed May classes please click here.

Walnut enlarged (still in process), Mary Francis, carbon dust