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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Beatrix Potter, July 28, 1866 - Dec 22, 1943

Beatrix Potter, Watercolor (Victoria and Albert Museum, London)

We are celebrating today the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter (July 28, 1866). Great Britain has celebrated her life this year in many different ways including The Royal Mint Collection  and today, July 28th, the UK post office will be releasing a set of postal stamps honoring her. Victoria and Albert Museum is currently displaying newly identified illustrations made by Potter. 
The National Trust celebrates her life throughout the year at the Lake District. Read mere about this beloved children books illustrator by clicking here.  
On November 2, 6:30 p.m. SBAI has a Cafe Botanique lecture about Beatrix Potter presented by Connie Ryle Neuman, a member of the  Beatrix Potter Society. You can reserve your seat for this lecture by clicking here.
"Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated a total of 28 books, including the 23 Tales, the 'little books' that have been translated into more than 35 languages and sold over 100 million copies."

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Jeanne Baré - Pioneer Botanist

Jeanne Baré (or Baret) was born on July 27, 1740 was the first woman known to have circumnavigated the globe and refused to accept the gender related and social limits placen on women in the society. Read more here...

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Observation and Documentation

Clematis texensis, entry level watercolor, Mary Burns

Botanical Illustration as any other scientific illustration field is based on observation and documentation. In July we had a class which started with a field trip to Chatfield Farms, our 750-acre native plant refuge and working farm in southern Jefferson County.  Denver Botanic Gardens' research department works also with an extensive conservation project on this site. The BI-students learned the whole process of documentation, from collecting and pressing the plant to reconstruction and completing a final scientific pen and ink plate. You can see works from this class in addition to some other works from our other June classes by clicking here.
 Prunus virginianapen and ink, Carla Pawlewicz