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by Tania Norris, posted by Deb Shaw

Hybrid Bearded Flag Iris, watercolor on vellum and in the artist's private collection. © 2015 Jenny Phillips, all rights reserved.

Hybrid Bearded Flag Iris, watercolor on vellum and in the artist’s private collection. © 2015 Jenny Phillips, all rights reserved.

Jenny Phillips, internationally renowned botanical artist and teacher, is returning to Southern California to teach watercolor. Sponsored by the Virginia Robinson Gardens, Jenny will be teaching two workshops in two locations: one at the Virginia Robinson Gardens in Beverly Hills; the other at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Participants may sign up for one or the other, or both.

Jenny runs the Jenny Phillips School for Botanical Art in Melbourne, Australia, and has taught in America, Europe and Africa. Jenny is known for her attention to detail and in her teaching, shares her expertise in helping everyone — from beginning to advanced students. She furthers understanding of the art of botanical painting by giving demonstrations of her methods, tips and the benefits of her experience. Her magic with a paintbrush, her techniques for correcting “mistakes” are well known and her enthusiasm is contagious. All who take her classes come away with a renewed energy and thrill of painting nature.

“Water color techniques and tips for all artists, with an emphasis on botanical art”

Session I: September 21 – 25,  The Huntington, Frances The Frances Lasker Brody Botanical Center
1151 Oxford Road San Marino, CA 91108
Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 3:30pm
For more information, contact Tania Norris.

Session II: September 28 – October 2, Virginia Robinson Gardens
1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, Ca 90210
Monday through Friday, 9:30am – 3:30pm
For more information contact, Friends of Robinson Gardens

Jenny Phillips discussing techniques at Virginia Robinson Gardens.

Jenny Phillips discussing techniques at Virginia Robinson Gardens.

Fee PER WEEK $595. for Virginia Robinson Garden and Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California members.
Non-members $625. per week. A $100 non-refundable deposit or payment in full will reserve a seat in the class. Remainder payable in full, one week before scheduled class.

A supplies list will be sent to all registered participants. Coffee, tea and water will be provided, but please bring your own lunch. Lunch at The Huntington may be purchased from the Café or coffee shop.

To make reservations for the class held at Virginia Robinson Gardens, visit the Virginia Robinson Gardens online; call 310.550.2068; or mail a check to: Friends of Robinson Gardens, 1008 Elden Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

Jenny Phillips demonstrating techniques at the Virginia Robinson Gardens.

Jenny Phillips demonstrating techniques at the Virginia Robinson Gardens.

To make reservations for the class held at The Huntington, please mail a check made out to Tania Norris: 137 N. Larchmont Boulevard, Los Angeles, Ca 90004.

For more information about either session, please contact Tania Norris.

About the instructor:
Jenny Phillips, a Gold Medalist from The Australian National Print Awards 1998, The Royal Horticultural Society, London 1993, and recipient of the Celia Rosser Award, has focused her drawing, watercolour skills, and love of gardening on botanical art since 1971. She is a renowned botanical artist and one of the most popular and experienced teachers. She has her own Botanical Art School in Melbourne, Australia, and has her paintings in many notable collections, including that of H.R.H. Prince Charles. Jenny’s teaching always includes effective ways to achieve maximum effect with ease and her wit is always evident.

by Janice Sharp and Bonnie Born Ash, posted by Deb Shaw

People's Choice first place award went to Estelle DeRidder’s, Fuller’s Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, colored pencil on paper, © 2015 Estelle DeRidder, all rights reserved.

People’s Choice first place award went to Estelle DeRidder’s, Fuller’s Teasel, Dipsacus fullonum, colored pencil on paper, © 2015 Estelle DeRidder, all rights reserved.

During the opening reception for the adjunct exhibition by the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC), friends, family and the public were able to vote for their personal favorites. The votes are in and the ribbons have been hung for the last three days of the show, Friday, 7 August – Sunday, 9 August.

People's Choice second place award went to Lori Vreeke's, Field Pumpkin, Cucurbita pepo var.  ovifera, colored pencil on paper, © 2015 Lori Vreeke, all rights reserved.

People’s Choice second place award went to Lori Vreeke’s, Field Pumpkin, Cucurbita pepo var. ovifera, colored pencil on paper, © 2015 Lori Vreeke, all rights reserved.

First prize went to Estelle DeRidder’s Fuller’s Teasel with 16 votes. Second prize went to Lori Vreeke’s Field Pumpkin with 12 votes and third prize to Asuka Hishika’s Black Daikon Radish with 11 votes.

There were a surprisingly large number of votes cast (191) and the votes were distributed throughout all the artworks in the show. It is clear that there are many different themes and media that appeal to different viewers, but everyone agrees that the chosen works are fabulous!

People's Choice third place award went to Asuka Hishiki's, Black Daikon Radish (Kuromaru Daikon), Raphanus sativus, watercolor on paper, © 2015 Asuka Hishiki, all rights reserved.

People’s Choice third place award went to Asuka Hishiki’s, Black Daikon Radish (Kuromaru Daikon), Raphanus sativus, watercolor on paper, © 2015 Asuka Hishiki, all rights reserved.

by Deb Shaw

Close on the heels of the “Weird, Wild & Wonderful” Symposium at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC), opened their supplemental exhibition of botanical oddities, in the Brody Botanical Center’s Banta Hall at The Huntington.

The reception for the BAGSC adjunct exhibition was packed with family, friends, colleagues and the public. Weird, Wild & Wonderful Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial Exhibition was also open for viewing and enthusiastically received. Photo © Gayle Uyehara, 2015.

The reception for the BAGSC adjunct exhibition was packed with family, friends, colleagues and the public. Weird, Wild & Wonderful Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial Exhibition was also open for viewing and enthusiastically received. Photo © Gayle Uyehara, 2015.

The opening reception on Saturday, 1 August was well-attended and great fun. BAGSC members have been rotating shifts, providing botanical art demonstrations and talking with the public all week, including:

  • Bonnie Born Ash
  • Cristina Baltayian, colored pencil
  • Nancy Beckham, colored pencil
  • Melanie Campbell-Carter, colored pencil and watercolor
  • Jan Clouse
  • Diane Daly, watercolor
  • Estelle DeRidder
  • Kate Gaman
  • Cynthia Jackson
  • Susan Jackson
  • Clara Josephs, watercolor
  • Suzanne Kuuskmae
  • Tania Marien
  • Patricia Mark
  • Terri Munroe, graphite and watercolor
  • Kathy Morgan, watercolor
  • Marilyn Parrino
  • Lesley Randall
  • Gilly Shaeffer, watercolor
  • Mitsuko Schultz, watercolor
  • Janice Sharp, metal point and colored pencil
  • Deborah Shaw, graphite on vellum
  • Beth Stone
  • Leslie Walker
  • Jude Wiesenfeld

The BAGSC adjunct exhibition features 72 artworks by 37 members, including: Bonnie Born Ash, Cristina Baltayian, Nancy Beckham, Melanie Campbell-Carter, Jan Clouse, Diane Daly, Estelle DeRidder, Nancy Grubb, Asuka Hishiki, Cynthia Jackson, Susan Jackson, Clara Josephs, Joan Keesey, Suzanne Kuuskmae, Teri Kuwahara, Patricia Mark, Lee McCaffree, Arillyn Moran-Lawrence, Kathy Morgan, Terri Munroe, Alyse Ochniak, Marilyn Parrino, Dolores Pope, Kathlyn  Powell, Lesley Randall, Veronica Raymond, Robyn Reilman, Norma Sarkin, Mitsuko Schultz, Gilly Shaeffer, Janice Sharp, Deborah Shaw, Beth Stone, Gayle Uyehara, Lori Vreeke, Leslie Walker, Jude Wiesenfeld.

An exhibition of Botanical Oddities, illustrations by the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California will continue each day through Sunday, August 9, 2015, 10:30 am – 4:30 pm in The Frances Lasker Brody Botanical Center at The Huntington.

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition exhibition also will be open each day, Friday – Sunday, August 7 – 9, plus will continue to be open on weekends only until August 23.

Exhibition information and hours posted at huntington.org

Join us before the BAGSC paintings are whisked away!

by Janice Sharp, posted by Deb Shaw

Exploring stencil leaf rubbings in graphite and colored pencil at The Huntington.

Exploring stencil leaf rubbings in graphite and colored pencil at The Huntington. BAGSC artists are demonstrating for the public August 1 – 9 in conjunction with our group show of botanical oddities by the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California. “Weird, Wild & Wonderful,” The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition, will be open each day through August 9, and then weekends only through August 23. Photo © Janice Sharp, 2015.

Today was a great family day at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. All afternoon groups of children were attracted to the stencils, pencils and paper we had set out to try their hand at preparing botanical themed rubbings.

Children had fun creating leaf and flower rubbings from stencil templates. They explored the different graphite pencil hardnesses and the effect that could be achieved with light and hard pressure on the pencils. Some ventured into color pencils choosing a favorite color to create shapes or writing their name to claim ownership of their creations. One adventurous artist started with graphite to define outlines then filled in with color.

While most of the budding artists were very young, there were also older “children” who wanted to create a work of art.

I had a fun afternoon giving basic instructions on how to do a rubbing, although most of my time seemed to be spent handing out fresh pieces of paper and sharpening pencils.

Exploring stencil leaf rubbings in graphite and colored pencil at The Huntington. Photo © Janice Sharp, 2015.

Exploring stencil leaf rubbings in graphite and colored pencil at The Huntington. Photo © Janice Sharp, 2015.

A number of parents had to use all their persuasive powers to convince their children that The Huntington offered activities other than rubbings and they should explore them before the close of day.

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