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

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Teaching in El Charco del Ingenio

Since 2009 we have been teaching in El Charco de Ingenio Botanical Garden in San Miguel, GTO Mexico. This is in collaboration with El Charco and a part of Denver Botanic Gardens'  Center of Global Initiatives. Tomorrow, November 28th, we start again a 5-day course in Botanical Illustration.



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our best wishes to you and yours for a beautiful and happy Thanksgiving

(Lyn Williamson, colored pencil, page #37 in the SBAI 2016 Chronicles)

The pomegranate (Punica granatum) has been admired for centuries as a symbol of health, fertility, and resurrection; Theophrastus and Pliny consider the pomegranate a valuable plant both for beauty and for its medicinal properties. Historically, the pomegranate tree’s bark has been a source for tannin used in curing leather and its rind and flowers used as a textile dye.
It is estimated that pomegranate domestication began in the Neolithic era. Pomegranates are thought to have been domesticated initially in the Transcaucasian-Caspian region and northern Turkey. Evidence for using pomegranates in the Middle East is dated at over 5,000 years ago. Pomegranate artifacts and relics dating to 3000 BCE and on were found in Egypt, Israel Armenia, and Mesopotamia. Spanish sailors brought pomegranates to the New World, and Spanish Jesuit missionaries introduced pomegranates into Mexico and California in the 1700s
The pomegranate is used as a staple fruit in Armenian households worldwide. The Color of a Pomegranate, directed by Parajanov, is one of the gems in Armenian film history, and in Armenian mythology, the pomegranate symbolizes fertility and abundance. 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Botanical Illustration Graduates!

 (from left: Kathleen Harrington, Mary Barnes, Lisa Bird, Kristi Czajkowski, Anne-Marie Nishi, Mary Francis, Deanna Gammon, Sally Grew, Kirk Pfeffer, Charlotte Ricker, Claire Shieve, Susan Willis. Annette Woodward missing from the picture)

Today thirteen Botanical Illustration Graduates received their Foundational Certificates from the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens. 
We are impressed with the graduates’ competence level and Denver Botanic Gardens is thoroughly proud of their accomplishments.
The graduation and award ceremony was followed by the opening reception for the annual juried botanical illustration art show.

Charlotte Ricker had the best overall 2016 portfolio and she also received the 2016 Sydney Parkinson Award (part  of  Mary Francis' portfolio seen in the background)  
Our guest speaker at the event, Peggy Turchette, a former SBAI-graduate gave an inspirational presentation to the graduates. She described how her 20-year career as a botanical illustrator became a bridge to her work in creating historically informed costumes of Anna Pavlova, world famous ballerina. 
 After the graduation ceremonies we had an enjoyable reception for our annual BI-exhibit (photo: A. Brill)

The 2016 Botanical Illustration exhibit is called Edible and is on display until February 12, 2017 (photo: A.Brill)
Lively interpretations of the subject matter - (photo: A.Brill)


A more complete presentation of the graduates work will be on-line shortly.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Winter Spring 2017 Course Catalog is Out


The printable course catalog can be downloaded by following this link. Registration for the 2017 Winter/Spring classes starts on December 13th, 9 a.m.; until then the classes show as if they were sold out. You can register on-line by following this link, calling or in person (Dec. 13th, 9 a.m.).

Friday, November 11, 2016

Color, line and some stipples


(Chris Ruch, watercolor)

 It does not happen every year in Colorado that we can collect hollyhocks from our garden and paint them. We are experiencing an extremely sunny, dry and warm November without any frost nights in the Frontrange area yet.
You can see some examples of the exercises from few recently completed classes  by clicking here.
(Eileen Yelverton, pen and ink)