The Royal Horticultural Society have just published their schedule of shows and dates for 2015 and their is a first - a dedicated Botanical Art Show at a totally different time to the usual one.
We've only once had the major Botanical Art Show at the same time as the Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists so it's a pity they are not at the same time. However I guess it's the orchids that get "first dibs" on those April dates. At least RHS members will no longer have to pay to visit a show (as always happened when it was combined with the Orchid Show) instead of free entry with membership as per usual.
I've asked the RHS via their Facebook Page for the schedule of which other shows will also be showing botanical art. If I don't get it via that route I'll pull out my members number and ask via another route.
In the meantime - 27-28 February are dates for the diaries of all Botanical Art fans!
If you'd rather see botanical art vying for RHS Medals at an earlier date, get down to the Horticultural Halls right now. There are 12 botanical artists exhibiting at the RHS London Shades of Autumn Show today and tomorrow - including
- Julia Trickey GM SBA https://www.facebook.com/juliatrickeyART Julia was also at the April show demonstrating watercolour painting techniques. She has a new book out in November about her experience of painting botanical illustrations for Royal Mail stamps.
- Denise Ramsay https://www.facebook.com/DeniseRamsayArtist. Denise's series for the show is called A Brilliant Life and focuses on poppies.
I'll be visiting tomorrow and will be doing a review of the artwork on show.
You can also see botanical art by Anna Mason at a solo exhibition in the Glasshouse Gallery at RHS Wisley. Anna will be demonstrating her techniques in the Glasshouse Gallery next weekend 1 – 2 Nov (11am - 4pm) and signing copies of her books at 2pm each day.
Botanical art in November issues of Artist Magazines
Check out the botanical art in current editions of popular art magazines in the UK
- Leisure Painter (November) - Helen Campbell has an article about layering methods into the digital age and how to produce botanical studies that glow
- Artist and Illustrator (November) - Anna Mason provides a Masterclass on Form First and Details Later
- The Artist (November) - Julia Trickey has advice for handling a difficult commission and demonstrates a step by step approach to painting a Flanders poppy