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Need to discuss flower painting with teenagers?

You will find helpful suggestions in the article, How to Read Art: Analyze these artists’ techniques to interpret their paintings. This article is in the September 2016 issue of Scholastic Art, a magazine dedicated to bringing art history to middle school and high school students.

In How to Read Art, three flower painters and their approach to flower painting are discussed. The painters featured in this article are Dutch flower painter Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750), Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) and Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986). The editors of Scholastic Art compare the realistic style of Ruysch, to the expressive style of Van Gogh, to the creative flower close-ups of O’Keefe. The paintings under analysis in the article are “Flower Piece” by Ruysch, “Irises” by Van Gogh and “Purple Petunias” by O’Keefe.

The September issue of Scholastic Art can be viewed online for free.
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Literature Cited

Scholastic Art. (2016). How to read art: Analyze these artists’ techniques to interpret their paintings. Scholastic Art. September 2016, 4-5. Retrieved from http://art.scholastic.com/issues/09_01_16.

Open Parrot Tulip, Oil on Paper, © 2016 Ingrid Finnan, all rights reserved

Open Parrot Tulip, Oil on Paper, © 2016 Ingrid Finnan, all rights reserved

Outside In – Contemporary Natural History Works
Arader Galleries
San Francisco, CA
Sept. 9 – Oct. 12, 2016

Arader Galleries to host an exhibition featuring original work by the following contemporary botanical artists:

    Francesca Anderson
    Botanical artist and illustrator specializing in natural history drawings in pen and ink. An exhibition of Francesca’s work is currently on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT.


    Jean Emmons

    Abstract painter turned botanical artist. Jean’s painting process is based on medieval manuscript illustration. Her award-winning work is in private and public collections, including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library and the Shirley Sherwood Collection.


    Monika deVries Gohlke

    Painter, printmaker and freelance designer of home-furnishings. Monika’s artwork appears in many publications and is held in public and private collections.


    Ingrid Finnan

    Ingrid’s parrot tulip graces the postcard for this exhibition. Her work has been shown in exhibitions in England, Italy and the United States. It is included in private collections and the Shirley Sherwood Collection.


    Asuka Hishiki

    Award-winning artist whose work has been shown in many exhibitions across the United States. Visit Asuka’s website to view her portfolio and her comments about each painting.


    Catherine Watters

    Primary instructor and curriculum developer for the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program in Woodside, CA. Her work has been shown in exhibitions in France, England and the United States. Her work is included in several permanent collections worldwide.


    Carol Woodin

    Carol is an award-winning freelance artist whose specialties include orchids, rare wildflowers, heirloom fruits and garden plants. Her paintings are in private, public and corporate collections including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Smithsonian Institution, the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection.

Arader Galleries will host an opening reception on September 9, 2016 from 5-8 pm.


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The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild in Elmhurst, IL is hosting the First Annual Art Crawl at the Elmhurst Art Museum on August 27, 2016. Proceeds benefit the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild Scholarship Fund. Funds will be used to award scholarships to two high school students.

The Art Crawl is a self-guided walking & trolleying tour of Elmhurst’s museum campus and business sector. Visitors participate by walking and trolleying around town and exploring each venue. An interactive map will be posted on the Guild’s website so visitors can view the locations of participating artists and vendors. The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild (EAG) is excited to have the York Theatre, an Elmhurst landmark, kick off this inaugural event with a special morning screening of “ET the Extra-Terrestrial”; all proceeds will go to the EAG Scholarship Fund.

The EAG invites artists and vendors to set up booths to sell and show their products. Artist’s fees for a space is $75.00, with $50.00 going to the EAG Scholarship Fund and $25.00 going to the Elmhurst Art Museum. The fee for vendors is $150.00, with $125.00 going to the EAG Scholarship Fund and $25.00 going to the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Artists interested in participating in this event should download forms on the EAG website at www.elmhurstartistsguild.org.



About the Elmhurst Artists’ Guild

The Elmhurst Artists’ Guild is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization founded in 1946. Its mission continues as the charitable and non-for-profit functions of shows, workshops, lectures, classes and similar activities which further the purpose of advancing the arts. 


About Elmhurst Art Museum

www.elmhurstartmuseum.org
Founded by forward-thinking teachers, artists and community organizers with a shared belief that “people from all walks of life and professions can learn how to see and to think differently through the study of art, architecture and design.”

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David Reynolds Art is pleased to announce Studio Sessions—Seen through the eyes of the artist, a documentary about six of Australia’s most respected botanical and natural history artists. Botanical artists and botanical art enthusiasts are invited to learn from:

    Celia Rosser
    Botanical artist and illustrator of The Banksia’s, a three-volume series of monographs that includes a painting of every Banksia species. Launched in 1974, this project took more than 25 years to complete.


    Jenny Phillips

    Award-winning artist and founder of the Botanical Art School of Melbourne. Jenny has drawn and painted plants for more than 45 years. Her work is held in private and public collections, including The Highgrove Florilegium, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Shirley Sherwood Collection.


    Dianne Emery

    Fine artist, horticulturist, contemporary botanical artist and natural history artist whose interests include plant-insect relationships and scientific art.


    Terry Napier

    Botanical artist and founder of the “Nature is Art” program. Recipient of the 2010 Celia Rosser Medal for his commitment to botanical art and teaching.


    Mali Moir

    Award-winning artist and illustrator with an interest in the artistic interpretation of natural history themes. Recipient of a Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society and the inaugural Celia Rosser Medal.


    John Pastoriza-Piñol

    A botanist whose botanical art career began at the Botanical Art School of Melbourne. John received a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2005 and had his first solo exhibition at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006. His work is held in many private and public collections, including The Highgrove Florilegium, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.


Studio Sessions—Seen through the eyes of the artist
is a 63-minute documentary that took two years to complete. David began this project because he wanted to bring attention to the natural history art of Australian artists. David explains:

As a botanical artist myself, I wanted to produce a documentary to highlight the talents of our Australian artists and to help educate people about botanical art and how to become involved. Also to give the viewer an insight as to how [botanical artists] go about producing such detailed works.

Studio Sessions will be available worldwide as a DVD in both PAL and NTSC formats and be region free. Pre-orders are now being accepted. Orders will begin shipping in September 2016.

To place a pre-order please email your name and contact information to David Reynolds Art. When the video is released next month, David Reynolds Art will contact you to arrange for payment and delivery.

Studio Sessions costs $30 AUD + shipping (view currency converter).


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Botany and botanical art enter the digital workspace

Botany and botanical art enter the digital workspace


Niki Simpson
is an award-winning artist who has earned medals in photography and watercolor from the Royal Horticultural Society. In 2003 she began developing a technique combining digital photography and traditional botanical art. She has spent the past 12 years perfecting the art of digital botanical illustration and the creation of information-rich botanical plates she calls composite botanical illustrations.

Since 2007, Niki’s digital botanical illustrations have appeared in four books. The most recent publication, Nuphar lutea: Botanical images for the digital documentation of a taxon was published this past May.

In her beautiful new book, Niki explores different ways of observing plants and demonstrates how composite botanical illustrations can be used to describe a specific plant species–in this case Nuphar lutea (Yellow Water Lily). Twelve botanical plates are featured in her new book, each highlighting some aspect of the morphology or life cycle of the yellow water lily. Botanists, gardeners, educators and artists will find Niki’s presentations exciting and informative. Because the illustrations were inspired by the engravings found in herbals, readers will find the format of these contemporary botanical illustrations very familiar, with the exception of two modern elements. In her signature style, Niki adds a 21st-century twist to her botanical plate by adding Nuphar lutea‘s DNA sequence and barcode to what would otherwise be a very traditional format.

While my images are inspired by, and draw heavily from, the accuracy and detail found in traditional botanical art, for me, the future of botanical illustration lies in exploring the potential of the dynamic digital workspace, so that botanical illustration can fully support botanists in the future.

— Niki Simpson

Keeping with her goal to blend botany, botanical art and digital technology, Niki also discusses design, smartphones, tablets, virtual books and other digital techniques. Here is look at the topics addressed in her new book:

  • Foreward
  • Artist’s statement
  • Introduction
  • Composite illustration or image voucher of Nuphar lutea
  • Nuphar–rearranging, resizing and recombining parts
  • Nuphar–from flower to seed
  • Nuphar–taking a closer look at the flower
  • Nuphar–evolution of my floral diagram
  • Nuphar–from fruit to seed dispersal
  • Nuphar–from seed to adult
  • Nuphar–foliage
  • Nuphar–for design
  • Nuphar–poster style
  • Nuphar–herbarium specimens
  • Composite illustration of Nuphar lutea including DNA sequence data
  • Composite illustration of Nuphar lutea including DNA barcode visualization
  • Nuphar–developing interactivity by starting with a virtual book
  • Nuphar–on smartphones and tablets
  • Nuphar–digital black and white line drawing
  • Nuphar–digital hybrid images
  • Nuphar–my virtual sketchpad
  • Final Thoughts
  • Acknowledgements
  • Bibliography

If you have an interest in botanical illustration or botany education, you will appreciate this book and the path Niki is forging in botany and botanical art education.

Learn more about Niki in this interview and learn how she is expanding the future of botanical illustration through her website Visual Botany.

Nuphar - from fruit to seed dispersal, ©2016 Niki Simpson, all rights reserved

Nuphar – from fruit to seed dispersal, ©2016 Niki Simpson, all rights reserved

A fun gift for children of all ages.

If you’ve ever led a flower dissection in your classroom or program, you know that this simple show-n-tell exercise takes a fair amount of planning because you need to shop for flowers, fill a bucket with water, pack scissors, pack paper towels and ask for a broom and trashcan so you can sweep flower parts and plant parts off the floor.

What if it didn’t need to be this way?

What if you could introduce students to plant morphology without the mess?

This is now possible thanks to biologist and illustrator Emily Coren, author of
Hey, Look! a Dandelion!, an engaging interactive guide about a plant familiar to many of us — the dandelion.

In twenty-nine creative pages, Emily masterfully guides readers through the dissection of the common dandelion. In her interactive guide, Emily calls on readers to tilt their book in all directions and to pull at its pages. She also encourages readers to blow into their book, something they do willingly without any inhibition whatsoever. With her book Emily has turned a fond childhood pastime into a very clever teachable moment.

This guide is a fun addition to any library and would make a great gift for the teacher, nature guide or garden docent in your life.

More about “Hey, Look! a Dandelion!”



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By The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Soft Tree Fern, Dicksonia antarctica [Dicksonia antarctica Labillardière, Dicksoniaceae], watercolor on paper by Laurie Andrews (1936–), 2008, 76.5 ◊ 56.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 8078, reproduced by permission of the artist.

Soft Tree Fern, Dicksonia antarctica [Dicksonia antarctica Labillardière, Dicksoniaceae], watercolor on paper by Laurie Andrews (1936–), 2008, 76.5 ◊ 56.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 8078, reproduced by permission of the artist.

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents our
15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration from
15 September to 15 December 2016. This exhibition includes 43 artworks by 43 artists who are citizens of 15 countries. The Institute established the International series in 1964 with the hope of supporting and encouraging contemporary botanical artists. Every three years, the International series features the works of talented botanical artists from around the world.

Join us Thursday, 13 October 2016 from 6-8 p.m. for the reception. At 6:30 p.m. the curators will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery.

A full-color, illustrated catalog with biographical data, portraits of the artists and reproductions of the artworks accompanies the exhibition. Collectively, the 15 International series catalogs include 1,172 artists and are the most comprehensive record available of contemporary botanical artists and illustrators to date.


View list of participating artists and selected artworks

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