|Day 11. Under 15 mins, Magnolia Bud drawn with a very blunt 5B pencil. Collected from Chatsworth house, an incredible garden and house....must go back soon!|
The answer is LOTS! Last week brought a few nice surprises. I attended the SBA annual exhibition opening on Thursday 16th, where I currently have two paintings on show. I arrived late for the opening (as usual), to find out that I'd been highly commended for the new Strathmore paper award for composition, and will be receiving a book of their paper as a prize, which is great! Slightly ironic really because the work was on vellum but never having tried their paper I'm looking forward to giving it a go.... oh I also got a gift of book of paper from Saunders Waterford for trialling their paper too! ...more about that another time. I stayed over in London with my daughter and we visited the Saatchi, Tate Britain and Tate Modern, to view the Dumas exhibition.....oh and a Cocktail bar!
|Society of Botanical Artists annual Exhibition at Westminster Central Halls, London|
|Chatsworth....a very grand house and garden!.....|
|....But I managed to find a shed full of gorgeous onions!|
|I was very tempted to 'borrow' these ...but even my bag isn't big enough for this lot!|
|And some amazing and big leaf skeletons from under the Magnolia tree....definitely a subject for vellum.|
|Decided to keep the background marks on the vellum as part of the print.... I figured they were part of the work, not sure if it was the right thing to do! This is my painting on Rory McEwen's vellum so I won't be parting with the original.|
|The butterflies are x1.5 in size which gives the work more impact and shows off the colours and detail.|
|Not sure why I chose this one....just because I like leaf skeletons and lichens I guess|
I was back in London again on Wednesday, stewarding for the SBA exhibition and happened to open the Society leaflet whilst taking a coffee break and discovered that they had chosen my Primula for inside the leaflet, so again that was another surprise.
|Primula painting on vellum, from 2010. found while taking a tea break at the SBA exhibition|
The student diploma work is frighteningly good and is obviously having an impact on the level of new work being produced! I also noticed that there seems to be a lot of artists painting in large format, which has no doubt has been influenced by artists such as Rosie Sanders. So it's all good and Botanical painting is definitely continuing to appeal to people.
|A fantastic exhibition!....hopefully you can see the names of those exhibiting here.|
After seeing so much amazing work I have to admit feeling a tad overwhelmed but also inspired to work. So it's back to my little flat, pencils and paints at the ready. This huge tube arrived from William Cowleys on Thursday, so that rounded off a pretty full and exciting week....should keep me busy for a while....but not allowed to open it until all other work is up to date!
|A new skin from Cowleys awaits!|