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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Royal Horticultural Society's 2017 Botanical Art Show - Final Day

Bridget Gillespie was awarded a Gold Medal for her exhibit Root Vegetables Life Cycle and her plate Beetroot Beta vulgaris was selected to the best botanical painting in this RHS show.

Our final day was hectic, the Lindley Hall had a constant stream of visitors of all ages and we were busy answering questions regarding the techniques and topics we teach and materials we use in our artwork. There was lot of discussion about mylar, which is not readily available in the U.K.  We also got many questions about egg tempera. More about them here below:
Mylar® is used in our School for a variety of media: colored pencils, pen and ink (technical pen and quill), ink washes and polycarbonate pencil (plastic pencil). Mylar is a polyester film and one of the brand names for stretched polyethylene terephthalate (PET).  The true Mylar® is a registered trademark owned by DuPont Tejin Films. Since Mylar® polyester film was invented in the early 1950s, it has been used in a variety of applications that add value to products in virtually all segments of the world. Its excellent balance of properties and extraordinary range of performance capabilities make Mylar® ideal for a broad array of applications in the electrical, electronics, magnetic media, industrial specialty, imaging and graphics, and packaging markets (cooking bags are also mylar). Mylar® is available in a variety of finishes and gauges. We typically use double frosted Mylar® for colored pencil, ink and plastic pencil, we like the 5 mil thickness best. The inquiries were to find the best supplies for you can addressed to Grafix Plastics.

 (Frasera speciosa by Annie Reiser - colored pencil on mylar)

Egg tempera was first discovered in Egypt and was the main method of painting through the Byzantine period into the Renaissance. This method is also commonly used in icon painting. The natural pigments are mixed with egg yolk (sometimes also with egg white) and painted on wooden panels surfaced by gesso (gypsym mixed with animal glue to a paste). You can read more about egg tempera history and method here.

 (Aquilegia caerulea by Laurence Pierson, egg tempera) 

Please click here to see more mages from the last day at the RHS 2017 Botanical Art Exhibit. 

1 comment:

Lin said...

It is wonderful to view the DBG Instructor's work at the Royal Horticulture Show. It is better still to realize that American artists of the western US were recognized with a Gold Medal.

Maybe we can mount this show at the Botanic Gardens this coming year.