The three previous posts are:
- Ten Top Tips for winning an RHS Gold Medal for Botanical Art (April 2013)
- More Top Tips for winning an RHS Gold Medal for Botanical Art (April 2014)
- 15 Top Tips for presenting work at an RHS Botanical Art (April 2014)
You can also find a summary of the Tips and Techniques - including those from RHS Gold Medal Winners - on my website Botanical art and artists
Where more than one artist provides a tip I don't identify the source by name. Otherwise each tip is identified back to its source. (GM after the name indicates the individual is a Gold Medal winner.)
Your subject - plants and flowers
Choice of plant
Loving the plant
- You have to love the plant says Julie Nettleton GM (Australia). Never ever paint a plant because you admire a painting of that plant by another artist, love the plant instead!
- People love citrus plants says Simonetta Occhipinti GM (Italy) - who painted the citrus trees grown by the Medici family.
|The Citrus of the Medici Family by Simonetta Occhipinti GM|
- Research your plant as thoroughly as possible before undertaking fieldwork. That way you can identify the best sites to visit. (Sarah Howard GM)
BotanyTwo other 'trends' I noticed in the exhibition - relating to "botanical aspects" are as follows:
- native species - more and more exhibits are highlighting aspects of plants that are native to the area where the artist lives and/or visits regularly. The two exhibits of the twigs and buds of common UK native trees were particularly popular (by Roger Reynolds GM and Sarah Morrish) and both exhibitors were asked lots of questions. The exhibition opened people's eyes to trees they see every day!
- recording native species which are rare or endangered - This was a repeated observation and practice of a number of artists. There is no need to travel abroad to find plants which need recording!
Preservation of the plant
- To slow down development and deterioration two options are recommended:
- Store in a refrigerator overnight to slow down the development of flowers or fruit
- Keep the stems in iced water while working on on a plant in the studio
- Drop the bloom into alcohol before it starts to deteriorate. It will preserve the entire structure - including stamens - for reference purposes although the colour will drain away. (Akiko Enokido)
|Classical Camellia Japonica by Akiko Enokido|