I've known more than a few artists who have been more pleased about their CBM than their prize!
|Heidi Venamore was awarded a Certificate of Botanical Merit for her Acanthus mollis|
and then graduated the following day from the SBA Distance Learning Diploma - with Distinction
Lucy awarded the CBMs for images which fulfilled the brief of describing the plant accurately and well rather than according to a strict botanical illustration brief.
Here's some pics of people with their work and/or getting their much prized CBM Certificates.
|Polly O'Leary with her work and her Certificate|
This is Polly's first Certificate of Botanical Merit and it's unlikely to be her last!
|Billy Showell receiving her SIXTH CBM from Dr Stephen Dowbiggin OBE|
Billy Showell has won five CBMs prior to 2016 and this is her sixth! It's also an extremely unusual and very striking painting - which you can see below.
|Christiana Webb receiving her CBM from Dr Stephen Dowbiggin|
Christiana was also Highly Commended for the Joyce Cuming Award - and an image of this has now been added into yesterday's post - Prizewinners - Society of Botanical Artists' Annual Exhibition 2016
As was Margaret Fitzpatrick - seen here turning away after collecting her second award.
|Another smiling artist - Margaret Fitzpatrick picks up her CBM.|
Certificates of Botanical Merit
The artists who have been awarded a Certificate of Botanical Merit in 2016 are below followed by images of their work and/or being presented with their Certificate.
|Margaret J. Fitzpatrick DipAD SBA FCPGFS || |
Spider Chrysanthemum “Lola”
Echeveria cante Inflorescence
A Ray of Autumn Sunshine
Seaweed design: pieces of dry ascophyllum
Helianthocereus macrogonus cv. crista
The Long Wait: Trichocerus in flower
Bhutan Pine Cones
You can find the links to the blog posts of artists winning CBMs in previous years at the end of this post.
What follows now are the images of the works which won CBMs. I don't have them all included but hope to remedy this.
|Spider Chrysanthemum “Lola” by Elizabeth Hellman SBA|
This is a lovely and very "look at me" painting. It's also an excellent choice of variety given this year's theme of 'Shape, Pattern, Structure'.
|Echeveria cante Inflorescence by Polly O'Leary|
Polly painted the inflorescence at 2.5 times normal size to capture and highlight the structure and intricacies and colour variations of the flower spike of this succulent
|Sarracenia psittacina by Beth Phillip SBA|
|Seaweed Design: Pieces of Dry Ascophyllum by Billy Showell|
(watercolour and graphite)
|Acanthus mollis by Heidi Venamore DipSBA (Distinction)|
Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico extra white cotton rag 300 gsm
42 c 29.7cm
This is the first and only painting Heidi has entered in the SBA Exhibition. She topped off a good week by graduating with a Distinction in the SBA's Diploma the next day.
|Bhutan Pine Cones by Christiana Webb GM SBA|
|Primula vulgaris by Margaret Fitzpatrick SBA FCPGFS|
More about Certificates of Botanical MeritIf you've enjoyed this post you might like to look back at similar posts I've written in the last five years.
- Society of Botanical Art: Certificates of Botanical Merit 2015
- Certificates of Botanical Merit at SBA Annual Exhibition 2014
- Other prizewinners at the SBA Annual Exhibition 2013
- Certificates of Botanical Merit at SBA 2012
- Certificates of Botanical Merit at SBA Exhibition 2011
More about the SBA Annual Exhibition
My next post about the exhibition will review it as a whole.
For those following the knee saga - the good news is my GP has now ordered an MRI and my new 'Gladiator' knee brace should turn up tomorrow. So, fingers crossed, I may be paying a return visit to the exhibition on Wednesday - in which case the review will come after that.
In the meantime if you want to see who is doing which demonstrations for the rest of the week you need to consult yesterday's post.
Society of Botanical Art: Exhibitions 2016
- Private View - Annual Exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists
- Call for Entries: Society of Botanical Artists' Annual Exhibition 2016
- Prizewinners - Society of Botanical Artists' Annual Exhibition 2016
Society of Botanical Art: Exhibitions 2006-2015
- Previous years: Society of Botanical Art Exhibitions
More information about Botanical Art
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- Find out more about books about botanical art in
- Regular posts about botanical art now appear frequently on my new blog News about Botanical Art and for Botanical Artists