Youtube botanical art videos

Australian botanical artist Helen Fitzgerald has been kind enough to create some wonderful videos where she demonstrates her botanical painting techniques.

As well as regular videos, there are also videos made up from still shots with a voice-over describing what is going on. I found these were particularly effective as you are able to study what is happening in each shot. Here are some examples.

Painting a eucalypt leaf

Leaf painting tips

See more of Helen's videos here.

Dale Chihuly: The Nature of Glass

Glass installation by Dale Chihuly - photo by Margaret Storer-RocheDale Chihuly is known for his innovative glass sculptures, and his work is immediately recognizable for its grand scale and vibrant colors. His work can be seen at museums around the world.

He has created many installations in botanic gardens and this one looks very interesting with the integration of the sculptural forms of the desert plants found at Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.

The exhibition is on from November 22, 2008 to May 31, 2009
at the Desert Botanical Garden (website).

More information on Dale Chihuly can be found at his website:

Image courtesy of Margaret Storer-Roche

Exhibition Plasma soul - botanical artists inspired by Ernest Haeckel

A really interesting looking exhibition is on in Melbourne, Australia 4 - 20 December.

Botanical artists Anita Barley, Dianne Emery, Mali Moir, Kate Nolan, Rita Parkinson, John Pastoriza-Piñol, Dolores Skowronski-Malloni and Catherine Wadrop have created works inspired by Ernest Haeckel, the 19th century zoologist.

According to their press release Haeckel's work "succeeded in beautifying, otherwise grotesque organisms by highlighting the complicated structures hidden to the naked eye. Haeckel intended his viewers to be confronted with something new and also be conscious of its beauty and precise visible form".

Exhibition - The art of botanical illustation, Melbourne

This exhibition is on at Domain House, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne until the 23rd November. According to the website, the exhibition includes "170 paintings selected from over 400 submitted. They represent the work of 82 artists from around Australia and overseas, including that of talented students attending Botanical Illustration classes held at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne".

All artworks are viewable online and can be selected by artist, plant genus or catalogue number.

Entry is free and the exhibition is open from 10am - 5pm daily until the 23rd of November. Domain house can be found here:

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What is a botanic Garden?

WHAT is a botanic garden exactly? An interesting article looks at the diversity of botanic gardens in the United Kingdom and the things they contain - including botanical art.

Fruit under the microscope

A new book by botanists from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on fruits contains some amazing photography. You can see a terrific slide show here at the BBC news site.

Photography as good as this really gives botanical illustration a run for its money!

Waterhouse Art Prize winners

The Waterhouse is Australia’s richest prize for Natural History Art, boasting a total prize pool of $107,500. Each year entries are invited in three categories: Paintings, Works on Paper and Sculpture & Objects. Tasmanian Michael McWilliams has been named overall winner of the 2008 Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize for his painting Bandicoot Playground.

You can see the winning artworks here. There's always some surprises and some interesting artworks in this show. The exhibition of finalists and winners will be on display from 10am until 5pm every day until 7th September 2008 in the ETSA Utilities Gallery at the South Australian Museum.

How I painted a bromeliad

Someone on the Yahoo botanical art group asked how I painted this recent submission to the monthly challenge. Luckily I took a few photos as I went, so I am able to show you.

Pancrace Bessa and the Golden Age of French Botanical Illustration

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents the exhibition “Pancrace Bessa and the Golden Age of French Botanical Illustration” from 18 September to 19 December 2008.

This show features 11 of Pancrace Bessa's original watercolors for the  erbier Général de l'Amateur (Paris, [1810-]1816-1827), a selection of engravings from publications that he illustrated, and watercolors and prints by the two men who most influenced his style and technique---Gerard van Spaendonck (1746-1822) and Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840). The exhibition is open to the public free of charge. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4p.m. (except 27-28 November and 12 December). We will also open on Saturday, 25 October, 1-5 p.m., during Carnegie Mellon’s homecoming.

Have a look at the website for further details.

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art now open

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew have just opened the Shirley Sherwood gallery which will showcase the Shirley Sherwood collection of contemporary botanical art as well as treasures from the Botanic Gardens historical collection. Shirley Sherwood's collection is well known to botanical artists and it is terrific to see that it will have a permanent exhibition space. Katherine Tyrrell's blog making a mark has an excellent post on the gallery.

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