Drawing and Painting Fungi by Claire Kathleen Ward
Association of British Botanical Artists
by elanorwexler
5d ago
Drawing and Painting Fungi explains clearly how to discover and depict fungi and lichens in a wide range of media. Claire Ward uses her extensive knowledge of her subjects to explain their particular features, including some of their fascinating life cycles and how to identify the main groups of fungi. There are all sorts of interesting observations about fungi and lichens, which means this book will appeal not just to artists but to all who wish to find out more about these organisms. Reviewed by: Pam Taylor, Botanist, Botanical Artist and ABA Committee and Education Team Member Claire W ..read more
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The ABA Gallery
Association of British Botanical Artists
by ABA
2w ago
Our Current Exhibition DRAMA May 2024 - November 2024 Celebrating the DRAMA of the plant world. ABA's 'Twelfth Exhibition' features 90 artists from around the world. When you click on an image you will be able to magnify the artwork to see some of the finer detail. For the best experience go full screen. We hope you enjoy the latest ABA Members exhibition. The ABA Team ..read more
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Botanical Sketchbooks: An Artist’s Guide to Plant Studies by Lucy T Smith
Association of British Botanical Artists
by Mary Crabtree
1M ago
Sketchbooks can be useful to artists in many ways.  How do you use them in your practice?  In this review I will give you a peek inside Lucy T Smith’s new book, Botanical Sketchbooks: An Artist’s Guide to Plant Studies. This book may change the way you think of and use sketchbooks to support and inform your work! Reviewed by Mary Crabtree, Botanical Artist and ABA Education Team Member Botanical Sketchbooks: An Artist’s Guide to Plant Studies, by well-known botanical artist and illustrator Lucy T Smith (The Crowood Press, 2024), is one of very few publications focussed on t ..read more
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ABA Visit to the Economic Botany Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Association of British Botanical Artists
by Mary Crabtree
3M ago
Have you selected a subject to illustrate for Botanical Art Worldwide 2025?  If not, a visit to the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, may provide inspiration! Post by Diane Marshall, Botanical Artist, PPSBA On February 24, 2024, ABA members were treated to a visit to the Economic Botany Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. We were so lucky to be given a tour of this fascinating collection in preparation for choosing subject matter for the Botanical Art Worldwide 2025 exhibition (BAWW). Professor Mark Nesbitt was our brilliant guide. In addition to bei ..read more
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Vibrant Botanical Painting: The life of plants in watercolor by Jarnie Godwin
Association of British Botanical Artists
by Mary Crabtree
3M ago
Looking for a sensible and thorough 'how to' book on botanical painting with glorious images? Then look no further. Written and illustrated by an ex-teacher and graphic designer, this book does what it says on the tin!   Reviewed by Emma van Klaveren, Botanical Illustrator and ABA Committee and Education Team Leader Jarnie Godwin has proved herself able to meet the exacting standards of many prestigious international botanical illustration bodies. However, she freely admits that it is botanical art and not botanical illustration that brings her the most joy. Jarnie elevates ordinary subj ..read more
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To Weed or not to Weed
Association of British Botanical Artists
by elanorwexler
4M ago
What are your thoughts on weeds and their place in your garden and in botanical art? In this article, ABA member Annie Morris shares her thoughts on the topic and her knowledge of weeds in her UK garden, along with beautiful illustrations of species she has studied. Words and illustrations by Annie Morris, botanical artist, gardener and ABA Committee and Education Team member. Throughout the world people who cultivate plants, whether in fields or in gardens classify as weeds certain plants which invade their crops and gardens. A plant may be called a weed if it has arrived uninvited. White d ..read more
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A peaceful and happy 2024
Association of British Botanical Artists
by ABA
5M ago
On behalf of the ABA Team we wish all our Members and Followers peace and happiness over the holiday season and for the coming year. We have loved your company in 2023 and look forward to more artistic opportunities for 2024. Please note we will be taking a short break from 20th December - 5th January 2024. For something a little different we have added a seasonal gallery from some of the ABA Team. Take care, Elaine Allison ABA President ..read more
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The ABA Gallery
Association of British Botanical Artists
by ABA
5M ago
Our Current Exhibition The Magic of Leaves December 2023 - May 2024 New leaves, old leaves, colourful leaves, small leaves, large leaves any leaf. ABA's 'Eleventh Exhibition' features 102 artists from around the world celebrating the "Magic of Leaves". We hope you enjoy the diversity of the subjects and the talent of our members. When you click on an image you will be able to magnify the artwork to see some of the finer detail. For the best experience go full screen. We hope you enjoy the latest ABA Members exhibition. The ABA Team ..read more
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Botanical Art Techniques - ASBA, Instalment 3 - Watercolor on Vellum Section
Association of British Botanical Artists
by Mary Crabtree
5M ago
Are you wanting to try something different in your botanical art? Watercolor on vellum might be just what you’re looking for. In this review we explore the Watercolor on Vellum section of the book Botanical Art Techniques from the American Society for Botanical Artists (Carol Woodin and Robin A. Jess, editors; Timber Press, 2020). Reviewed by Mary Crabtree, Botanical Artist and ABA Education Team Member Historically, many of the masters of botanical art painted on vellum creating luminous portrayals of their subjects. Today, a growing number of contemporary botanical artists are choosing to w ..read more
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Botanical Art Techniques - ASBA, Instalment 2 - Watercolor on Paper Section
Association of British Botanical Artists
by Mary Crabtree
5M ago
'Watercolor has historically been the most used medium for creating botanical artworks, and it continues to be so today. Watercolor’s broad range of techniques for application, expansive range of pigments, transparency, and ability to portray fine details are some of the reasons it dominates the field.' Below, Jonanda Kannemeyer reviews the Watercolor on Paper section of Part 2 of this book from the American Society of Botanical Artists (edited by Carol Woodin and Robin A. Jess, and published by Timber Press in 2020) Review by Jonanda Kannemeyer, Illustrator & Botanical Artist, ABA Educati ..read more
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