Wednesday, 20 April 2011

SBA 2011 Annual Exhibition and Graduation....oops I missed it!.

Returned home yesterday after visiting the 2011 SBA exhibition  at Westminster Halls on Saturday 16th April. After sharing the train with the Manchester United  and City supporters I was pretty relieved to finally arrive at Westminster albeit quite late in the day.  There's so much to take in at the exhibition and I should have been there for longer to do the show justice. As always the standard was high with lots of amazing work which included a central display dedicated to illustrations of various plants from all corners of the globe titled 'The World of Plants' - A few of my favourites this year include:  Jacky Jousson - for me he's one of the best botanical painters and the way he handles the light is truly amazing! Fiona Strickland's use of colour is fabulous, Julia Trickey's paintings are technically perfect and very beautiful, Billy Showell's  design based botanicals always bring something that's very refreshing to the genre. I also saw Sigrid Frensen 's work for the first time and it really is lovely - particularly the Pelargonium sidiodes.
I had 4 works on display, three of which were assignments from the SBA course. Next year I hope to paint something specifically for the exhibition....but what?

My Ceritficate for the SBA Diploma
It was also the graduation for course 6 of the SBA Distance Learning Diploma Course on the 15th at the Art Workers Guild in Bloomsbury. Unfortunately this didn't go to plan and I missed it! After a hectic week visiting family in Staffordshire I headed to London but for some reason convinced myself that the graduation was later than the time printed on the invite! This wouldn't have mattered too much but I also managed to miss the earlier train, then got lost! Logistics are not a strong point! I finally arrived a bit red faced and almost 90 mins late! just enough time to have a quick chat with Margaret Stevens and collected my diploma before heading back feeling rather stupid.....never mind some things just aren't meant to be!



  1. *CONGRATULATIONS*;champagne all round! xox

  2. A huge congratulations on a well earned Distinction. A great body of work Dianne and I look forward to following your blog and your art world endeavours. Best wishes, Vicki

  3. Well done! You must be so pleased. Gutted on your behalf for missing the event, but you got a distinction all the same :)

  4. Congratulations for your brilliant work and your distinction. I'm halfway through course 7 and reading your blog has encouraged me. It's good to know you got through it all ... and came out the other side. Will look forward to following your progress in future SBA shows.
    Terri Dauncey

  5. Congratulations Dianne on your Diploma with Distinction! All your work is marvellous and I admire it so much, it was so nice to see some of them in the flesh... and not to forget the superb beetroot in the Diploma section of the show, which makes it 5 superb exhibits! :))

  6. Dear Diane, I'm sorry that it has not arrived in time for the graduation ceremony, and that I could meet you. If you want to know me in the photo I posted some photos of the ceremony on my facebook profile. Congratulations on your distinction and ... I hope to be able to know the exhibition next year. You would like to report a my Blog about botanical art that I created with my friend who is graduate like us with credit two years ago. See you soon! Ciao!

  7. Brava !!!! well done!!!!
    Lisa told me that it happened to you the same: we both got late to the graduation ceremony.
    It was hard to me to miss the all meeting and to arrive just to the end to be presented and to receive the diploma. My flight was late and so that was it!! As Human being we can fail!!!
    Actually I rushed all the course because I did work for my family job, so I used to wake up at 6 in the morning to do my assignment, and than work for 10 hours a day, but I became to the end of the course and I was happy as every one does.
    I enjoyed it and it was really an important experience to me, I learned a lot.
    Lisa contacted me for the DDLC and late we made the blog to compare the flora of the Garda Lake and the Sardinia district. As botanical drawing is my passion and I go on happily,last January I started my blog
    where I post my botanical observation. If you pop in, you'll find the photo of Pulsatilla, the beautiful one you have on your mane page.
    Ciao and congratulation again

  8. Hi Renata, so funny we both missed our graduation! I also rushed through the course, working full time with a family to look after doesn't leave much time for painting. Thankfully I'm painting full time now. Thanks for the link to your blog - it's fabulous! I've just painted the Pulsatilla's one of my favourites