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The BAGSC Botanical Day of Art is almost here, and the website has been updated with more information. There are still a few spots available for:
Sunday, January 26, 2020
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Cost, BAGSC Members: $50
Non-Members: $60

Be sure to visit the BAGSC website at https://bagsc.org/classes/bagsc-botanical-art-workshop-2020 to review updated information, including:

  • A full schedule of the day;
  • Instructors and subjects for each of the four sessions;
  • Supplies provided;
  • Supplies for sharing;
  • AND the BAGSC Mercado!

Last year we sold extras from the art supplies purchased for the Day of Art, and participants were clamoring for more. We have just added a BAGSC “Mercado” to the day: in addition to the workshop sessions, BAGSC will be selling extra art supplies purchased for the “Day of Art” as well as gently-used art supplies in our very own Art Supply Mercado.

Please bring cash or check; credit cards will not be accepted for the Art Supply Mercado.

Registration is online and easy. Hope to see you there!

by Suzanne Kuuskmae

Olga Ryabstova is back at Destination: Art to teach a second Silverpoint workshop. This workshop will build on the first, but is still appropriate for beginners and those new to silverpoint.

Registration is at: www.destination-art.net  Click on classes and pay on-line by credit card.
Silverpoint with Olga Ryabtsova
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Tuition: $85
Tools: $20 in class (if you need them)
9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint, © 2019, all rights reserved.

Silverpoint is a metal media that can leave a mark on the prepared abrasive surface and is known for its fine, delicate strokes as well as high archival qualities. Many silverpoint drawings by Old Masters can be seen in museums. All supplies will be provided for this class if you are a beginning student: stylus with silver point, paper, and suggested subjects. You may also bring your own simple image if you wish.

Olga will be guiding you with making appropriate strokes to make a beautiful rendering of your subject. The supplies charge will be $20 additional payable at class directly to Olga. If you already have supplies, you can bring them to class.

Olga Ryabstova is a member of Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California and the American Society of Botanical Artists and has been teaching silverpoint techniques for several years.

by Deb Shaw

Back by popular demand! Last year’s BAGSC BOTANICAL ART WORKSHOP was such a great success, we’ve created a new one! Start a creative 2020 with:

BASIC BOTANICAL ART WORKSHOP
A Day of Botanical Art Skills & Techniques for All Levels

Sunday, January 26, 2020
9am to 4pm
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007

Participants may choose from a variety hands-on sessions taught by skilled BAGSC teachers in a new, longer, 80-minute format! Choose which sessions you want to attend the day of the event.

  • Color Mixing and Pigments
  • Colored Pencil and Watercolor Pencil
  • Drawing Leaves and Flowers
  • Dry Brush Technique
  • Fixing Fiddly Bits with Masking Fluid
  • Graphite (Pencil) Techniques
  • Nature Journaling
  • Pen & Ink
  • Pen, Watercolor & Colored Pencil
  • Silverpoint
  • Watercolor
  • AND MORE!

BAGSC Artists include:

  • Cristina Baltayian
  • Sally Jacobs
  • Kathlyn Powell
  • Lesley Randall
  • Olga Ryabtsova
  • Mitsuko Schultz
  • Gilly Shaeffer
  • Deborah Shaw

$50 BAGSC Members ~ $60 Non-Members 

Register online at
https://bagsc.org/classes/bagsc-botanical-art-workshop-2020

No refunds after January 17, 2020.

BAGSC Basic Botanical Art, photo © Deborah Shaw.

All basic supplies are included in the registration cost. Beginners can try new techniques while others can brush up their skills and try out new materials.

Please register early. Spaces are limited, and this workshop is open to the public. Registrations are expected to fill quickly.

Questions? Contact BAGSC’s education chair at the link on the online registration page above.

by Sue Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Calligraphy by Roxy at Destination: Art

“Intro to Modern Calligraphy” is a fun, 6-hour workshop specially designed for those who are new to calligraphy. In a relaxed atmosphere, students will be guided through a thorough introduction to the art of calligraphy, including the different disciplines, materials preparation, basic pen strokes, letter formation techniques, tips, and more! By the end of the workshop students will have a personal set of calligraphy materials, and all the information necessary to continue sharpening skills and developing their own calligraphic style.

Price includes a Personal Calligraphy Materials Set with all of the tools required, and instruction.

Roxy Szigat, Calligraphy with Roxy at Destination: Art Studios and Gallery
Saturday, October 5, 2019
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
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Cost is $89.00

Registration is online on the Destination: Art website here, and is now open. Check out other Destination: Art workshops on their website, including Olga Ryabtsova’s upcoming Silverpoint workshop (BAGSC News blog post here.)

Questions? Contact Sue Kuuskmae.

Destination: Art is located in old, historic Torrance at:
1815 West 213th Street, Suite 135, Torrance, California 90501, (310) 742-3192, localArtists@destination-art.net

About the instructor

Roxy is a professional calligrapher with more than 30 years of experience. A California native and South Bay local, she began learning the art of calligraphy at the age of 14 when she was given her first Osmiroid pen set. She quickly developed the ability to translate the art of calligraphy and lettering across multiple art forms using various medium and styles.

by Suzanne Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint, © 2019, all rights reserved.

Silverpoint is a traditional drawing technique first used by medieval scribes—silverpoint drawings of Old Masters can be seen in museums around the world. Some artists who worked in silverpoint include Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, Albrecht Dürer, Raphael, and Rembrandt.

Silverpoint is a metal media that leaves a mark on a prepared abrasive surface. It is known for its fine, delicate lines, as well as its high archival qualities.

Olga Ryabtsova will be teaching a silverpoint workshop at Destination: Art Studios and Gallery
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:30 am – 3:00 pm
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The cost is $85.00, with an additional supplies charge of $25.00, payable on the day of the workshop. Registration is online on the Destination: Art website here, and is now open. The workshop is limited to 13 participants.

All supplies will be provided for this class by the instructor, including: stylus with silver point, paper, and suggested subjects. You may also bring your own simple image if you wish.

Olga will demonstrate how to apply the ground, as well as how to make the delicate strokes that quickly build a beautiful drawing. The additional supplies charge of $20 is payable at the workshop directly to the instructor.

Destination: Art is located in old, historic Torrance at:
1815 West 213th Street, Suite 135, Torrance, California 90501, (310) 742-3192, localArtists@destination-art.net


About the instructor

Olga Ryabtsova is a member of Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC) and serves as the Exhibitions Chair. She also belongs to the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and serves on the Board. She has a Master’s Degree in graphic design and illustration from the Moscow University of Graphic Arts, has worked for international advertising agencies, as a photojournalist and a commercial photographer.

Olga has been drawing since she was a child. After moving to California in 2015, she became fascinated with the local native plants and botanical art. Olga works in many techniques, including watercolor, oils, etching, silverpoint and ceramics. She regularly teaches drawing and painting for children, and conducts workshops for adults.

by Deb Shaw

Melanie Campbell-Carter will be giving a presentation at the Natural History Institute entitled, “Scallywags, Gloryhounds, Visionaries and Conservationists: Stories from the Arader Collection” on March 21, 2019 at 7 pm (Arizona time).

The presentation is free and open to the public. Everyone can attend, since the presentation will be livestreamed at: https://youtu.be/i9StvWYxCk4

Images by Mark Catesby, one of the artists featured in the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection.

Images by Mark Catesby, one of the artists featured in the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection.

Melanie will share little-known histories about the fascinating people behind the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection images currently on display in the Natural History Institute Art Gallery.

Her talk explores the larger-than-life personalities represented in the Natural History Institute’s art exhibit. “I kept finding plenty of scallywags,” Melanie reports, “and had to dig really deep to find conservationists!”

“One was a draft-dodger; one’s spouse was guillotined; quite a few were rebels; and it’s fair to say most of them were very, very stubborn. The more I learned about these people, the more I wanted to know! I am delighted to share a few stories and appreciate the art in a deeper context.”

The Natural History Institute is located at 126 N. Marina St., Prescott, AZ 86301, (928) 863-3232, info@naturalhistoryinstitute.org, naturalhistoryinstitute.org

Melanie Campbell-Carter

Melanie Campbell-Carter

About the presenter:
After retiring as a family practice physician in Texas, Melanie Campbell-Carter discovered her passion for botanical art and moved to southern California. Still a BAGSC member, Melanie moved to Tucson, Arizona in 2017, where she quickly became enamored of the plants of the Sonoran Desert.

Melanie’s art has been displayed in numerous exhibitions, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and St Petersburg, Russia to name a few. Her paintings are in permanent collections at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in Kauai, Hawaii, and at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, Brody Educational Center in San Marino, California.

Melanie has recently begun a two-year group art project based on the life and botanical art of Sara Plummer Lemmon. (Mt. Lemmon in Tucson is named for Sara Plummer Lemmon.)

 

by Deb Shaw

There are still a few spots available for BAGSC’s first Basic Botanical Art Workshop: A Day of Skills and Techniques for All Levels. Join us on:

Sunday, January 27, 2019
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden

for a day of mini-workshops and fun exploring techniques and supplies.

Cost, BAGSC Members: $50
Non-Members: $60

Register online at: https://bagsc.org/classes/bagsc-basic-botanical-art-workshop
Bring your own lunch or purchase from the Arboretum Café.

This day of botanical art is designed to allow participants of all levels an opportunity to enjoy a hands-on botanical art experience in different mediums. The day starts with a presentation about botanical art. Then, each participant can choose any combination of four (4) one-hour, hands-on workshops taught by skilled BAGSC instructors. Registration is for the entire day—no pre-registration for individual workshops is required.

Participants may choose to sit down with different artists to experience techniques applied to creating botanical art. Currently scheduled are:

  • Creating 3D forms by light to dark shading in graphite
  • How to do a watercolor wash
  • Easy color mixing in watercolor (NEW—just added!)
  • Dry brush techniques (NEW—just added!)
  • Using pen and ink in scientific illustration
  • Drawing with silverpoint
  • Color pencil techniques in botanical art
  • Labeling your painting with calligraphy
  • Creating 3D forms by light to dark in watercolor
  • How to draw a leaf in graphite
  • Using mixed media in scientific illustration
  • Graphite tips and tricks
  • Perspective for plants
  • Watercolor pencil techniques

BAGSC teacher members will be sharing their skills, displaying some of their works and bringing information. Currently scheduled to participate are:

  • Cristina Baltayian
  • Diane Daly
  • Akiko Enokido (NEW—just added!)
  • Sally Jacobs
  • Lesley Randall
  • Olga Ryabtsova
  • Gilly Shaeffer
  • Deborah Shaw
  • Ellie Yun-Hui Tu

All basic supplies, including paper and paint, are included in the price. Additionally, most artists will bring special supplies to share that can be used with their techniques. Participants are welcome to bring some of their supplies if desired. Please see the lists in the right-hand column of BAGSC’s website about the class.

Questions about the Workshop? Contact the BAGSC Education Chair.

by Deb Shaw

California Current, colored pencil by Nina Antze, © 2018.

California Current, colored pencil by Nina Antze, © 2018.

There are still a few seats left! Nina Antze will be teaching her color pencil technique in a two-day workshop at the Madrona Marsh Preserve in Torrance in February:

Non-Native Invasive Plants of the Madrona Marsh
Workshop in Color Pencil with Nina Antze
February 7-8, 2019

Madrona Marsh Preserve Nature Center
3201 Plaza del Amo
Torrance, CA 90505


$200 for BAGSC members, $250 for non-members

Learn about the non-native invasive plants at the Madrona Marsh Preserve in Torrance, California. Participants will tour the nature preserve and select an invasive plant to use as their specimen. Participants can remove as many specimens from the preserve as they would like!

Additionally, BAGSC members are invited to submit works for the exhibition “Non-Native Invasive Plants of the Madrona Marsh” to be held in the summer of 2019, opening June 1 and running until August. Nina’s workshop is a great opportunity to get your artwork started for submission to this important exhibition.
Exhibit submission deadline: May 15, 2019
Questions about the exhibition? Contact Olga Ryabtsova, BAGSC Exhibition Chair.

To see more details and to register for Nina’s workshop: go to BAGSC’s website at https://bagsc.org/ click on “Classes” and then on “Class details” under the workshop name, OR go directly to https://bagsc.org/index.php/classes/nina-antze-2019.

by Kirsten Rindal, posted by Deb Shaw

“Using Light to Create Realism in Botanicals”, taught by Robert McNeill at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, October 3-5, 2018 was an amazing 3-day workshop!

Robert began with a thought-provoking quote by Leonardo da Vinci: “A painter should begin every painting with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where it is exposed to light.” We were all inspired by the meticulous approach and techniques, and how he used light to reveal the drama, depth, form, transparency and detail of the subject.

Snapshot's from Robert McNeil's workshop.

Snapshot’s from Robert McNeil’s workshop.

He discussed the importance of capturing the effect of light, how it requires controlled tone/value to describe the relative lightness or darkness of color, creating an illusion of form. When we perceive tones/values, they are always relative to each other and never seen in isolation. Therefore, simultaneous contrast is always at work. Being able to create and control tonal/value gradation in watercolor is an important skill to acquire, along with the ability to see them and record them accurately. This controlled effective tone/value can take your work to a higher level by creating “enhanced relations through convincing volume”. Robert’s painting of the Cardiocrinum gigantum was a perfect example of how a painting encourages the viewer to look closer by revealing detail that has been made more apparent by light.

During the workshop, Robert shared examples of his work to illustrate the process and techniques of using light to create realism. He stressed the importance of constantly analyzing the process as one worked. Generous with information, patient in answering every question, his enthusiasm, interest and support were always encouraging.

Lighting:
Robert reviewed ways to light your subject, explaining that correct intensity and direction of light for the subject is important to reveal aspects crucial to capturing its essence. He usually uses overhead lighting that is controlled. He noted that it is not always helpful to place subjects in strong light, as extreme contrasts can create more problems than it solves. His painting of Abies koreana ‘Carron’ beautifully illustrates how studying the play of light across all aspects of his subject creates a sense of drama. We were encouraged to think about lighting in the subject’s natural habitat, and what would be typical of natural lighting. It was suggested that we avoid overhead lights in a room, and also light from windows, keeping light consistent on the subject you are painting.

Documenting Stage:
Thorough and objective observation of the subject is key. Observe the subject from all angles to ascertain which angle would convey the most convincing nature of the subject. Carefully look for overlapping and foreshortening. (Taking photos as a reference is OK, but best not to rely on photos.) For details use eyes, and measure subject for 1:1 scale, carefully documenting information, as subject will change by growing, wilting or drying out. Observe the difference that the angle of light source makes upon subject for revealing visual strengths. Fifteen minutes were given to make three quick loose, linear drawings of our subject, the rose. Fifteen more minutes were given to make three more quick, linear/tonal drawings. Color matching was made at this part of the documenting process. He asked us to be mindful of the way colors are affected by the color next to it. Robert uses Winsor Newton transparent paints only, and always mixes his own greens and oranges.

Development Stage:
We began this part of the process by producing a full size 1:1 scale drawing, referring to documenting stage material to ensure accuracy. Robert shared examples of his work showing meticulous detail to be used as a reference for final painting. Next we were to make an accurate tracing from the drawing of our rose. The tracing was placed in a variety of positions before making a final decision and transferring it to watercolor paper. After transfer, it was advised to always re-work to produce more accurate drawing. He cautioned us about erasures on watercolor paper that can cause paper’s surface to breakdown. Robert also gave a tip about using a piece of silk and an agate to smooth a ruffled paper surface.

Demonstrations:

Lifting Preparation.

  • Winsor Newton Lifting Preparation may be used for ease in lifting paint for veins, etc.
  • Use 3 layers of lifting prep, allowing 2 hours of drying time in between each layer.
  • You may use lifting prep over layer of wash.
  • Best to only use in small areas, and be extremely careful not to go over pencil lines.

Ox Gall Liquid.

  • Mix 3 drops of Winsor Newton Ox Gall in ¼ cup water. Keep small marked water jar with this mixture separate from other water.
  • This mixture helps paint to flow easily.
  • You may use Ox Gall and water wash on paper first, and when slightly damp, add paint wash. Or, you may use Ox Gall and water and paint all at the same time.
  • Never use paint with Ox Gall for dry brush work. Keep paints and brushes used for dry brush separate.

Dry Brush Technique.

  • Using a Spotter, WN 000, Robert demonstrated stipples and tiny fine lines.
  • Robert used a separate plate with tiny dots of dry paint, moistening his brush with a damp sponge.
  • For texture, only hit the high points of the paper.
  • Can use damp brush on top of stipples very carefully.
  • It is important to avoid using one technique, rather use a combination of wash and dry brush. Continually analyze the process you are using.
  • Indian Yellow may also be used as a light glaze over finished painting…very carefully.

During the three days, we all talked about Robert’s useful ideas and techniques that made an impression on us. At the end of the class, works in progress were placed on a table for sharing. Robert emphasized the importance of seeing all work within the group as a valuable learning experience. Following are ideas and techniques that resonated with members of the class:

“I very much enjoyed learning how to make fast, free sketches while not looking for details, but instead seeing the overall shape.”
“Learning how to focus on the contrasts, especially the dark and light.”
“Watching Robert using a scalpel to release bits of dried paint from the paper surface.”
“Experimenting with Ox Gall as a wetting agent in the water jar, and learning how to use WN lifting preparation was very interesting and highly useful information.”
“Hearing the words: ’Slow down, think, organize and plan’ was a reminder to always approach work with pre-planned thought.”
“Importance of continually analyzing the process.”
“Reactivate the line after a trace to create depth as a reminder while painting.”
“Remembering to soften outside edges while keeping them sharp, yet light.”
“Using a damp sponge for moisture control when using dry brush techniques.”

The time flew by far too quickly! We are all grateful to Robert McNeill, both as a brilliant artist and as an excellent teacher. His meticulous attention to detail and thorough observation of his subjects are reflected in the light and form he achieves in his paintings. He inspired us to see the subtleties and nuances of light as we create art. Thank you also to the Education Committee for bringing him here, to Tania Norris for supplying the subjects, and treats, to The Huntington for hosting us, and to BAGSC.

by Jude Wiesenfeld, posted by Deb Shaw

Tacoma stans 'Yellow elder’, watercolor by Jude Wiesenfeld on 140 lb. Arches 11” x 14”, © 2018. Completed July 2018.

Tacoma stans ‘Yellow elder’, watercolor by Jude Wiesenfeld on 140 lb. Arches 11” x 14”, © 2018. Completed July 2018.

It’s not too early to start planning for next year!

Join BAGSC member Jude Wiesenfeld for her three-day Botanical Art Workshop: Watercolor on Paper, at the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs, California, January 25, 26, and 27, 2019. The cost for the three-day workshop is $200US.

This workshop will be an introduction to botanical art for everyone with some prior experience with watercolor. All participants will begin a painting while learning about the history of botanical art, basic plant and leaf shapes, creating studies and notes about a subject, and masking and composition.

Nandina domestica, Nandina, Sacred Bamboo, by Jude Wiesenfeld. Watercolor on 140 lb. Arches, 18.5" X 15”, © 2017.

Nandina domestica, Sacred Bamboo, by Jude Wiesenfeld. Watercolor on 140 lb. Arches, 18.5″ X 15”, © 2017.

This is not a BAGSC-sponsored workshop—enrollment is directly through the instructor. To enroll: email Jude Wiesenfeld and send a $50 non-refundable deposit (address will be supplied upon sign-up) by January 18, 2019 to reserve your spot. Payment balance will be collected the first day of the workshop.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima 'Pride of Barbados' by Jude Wiesenfeld. Watercolor on Kelmscott Vellum, 9" X 12", Completed March 2018.

Caesalpinia pulcherrima ‘Pride of Barbados’ by Jude Wiesenfeld. Watercolor on Kelmscott Vellum, 9″ X 12″, Completed March 2018.

The materials list is available on the workshop flyer, downloadable here.

The Desert Art Center is located at: 550 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262, 760 323-7973. Directions and hours can be found on their website.

by Cristina Baltayian, posted by Deb Shaw
Cristina Baltayian’s botanical art workshops at the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden begin again  October 2, 2018. These classes will explore colored pencils, watercolors, watercolor pencils, graphite, and some of us are exploring gouache, colored backgrounds, and more.

Regular classes will meet on Tuesdays. Registration is available on a monthly basis. Additional month-long sessions will meet in November and December, although there will be only three classes in December due to the holidays.

10am-2pm (includes lunch break) / Oak Room
$275 Arboretum members per month / $295 non-members per month (includes Arboretum Admission)

October           2, 9, 16, 23
November       6, 13, 20, 27
December       4, 11, 18 (only 3 classes – $205/$225)

Register online on the Arboretum website (scroll down to find “Botanical Art & Illustration” with links to the monthly registration).

Questions? Please call the Arboretum Education Department at 626.821.4623.

The Arboretum is located at: 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.

by Deb Shaw

Midnight (Eastern Daylight Time), August 31, 2018 is the last day to register for the American Society of Botanical Artists 24th Annual Meeting & Conference in St. Louis!!

Come spend time with fellow botanical artists, take workshops, and attend lectures. Spend quality time at the Missouri Botanical Garden, one of the world’s top botanical gardens. Founded in 1859, the Missouri Botanical Garden is the nation’s oldest continuously-operating botanical garden and a National Historic Landmark.

The Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri will host “Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens, the Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial” exhibition of botanical art along with a companion, adjunct exhibition “Out on a Limb.” A reception for conference attendees will be held Thursday, October 11, and will also feature the slideshow of artwork from the 25-country Botanical Art Worldwide exhibitions.

To register, look at the descriptions and information on the ASBA website. Then go to the Conference Registration website to register. Scroll down on the registration site to see openings remaining in various workshops and presentations. There are a lot of openings left in wonderful workshops!

If you’ve already registered but would like to add a class, contact the conference registrar to request the additions to your registration.

by Deb Shaw

Li'l Stinky decided not to bloom after all, but provided a wonderful dissection opportunity! The Huntington team and the public got to see what's inside!

Li’l Stinky decided not to bloom after all, but provided a wonderful dissection opportunity! The Huntington team and the public got to see what’s inside!

We were all disappointed when Li’l Stinker, Amorphophallus titanum, or “Corpse Flower” failed to bloom last week at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. The failed bloom, however, gave Jim Folsom, John Trager, and Brandon Tam the opportunity to dissect the bloom on Facebook Live to create an herbarium sheet (watch the dissection here on Facebook Live.

Then, lo and behold, not one but THREE more Corpse Flowers stepped up to the plate. Quickly dubbed the #TitanTriplets! All three plants, “Stink,” “Stank,” and “Stunk,” #CorpseFlowers can be seen in the Rose Hills Foundation Conservatory for Botanical Science at The Huntington, along with a corm and a plant with a leaf. Daily updates, photos, and FAQs are being shared on The Huntington’s website.

“Stink” suddenly decided to bloom today! See it during public hours: 10 am – 5 pm. The two other #CorpseFlowers, “Stank,” and “Stunk” look like they have a few more days to go. But who knows…they might change their minds and bloom any time.

For more stinky resources (from The Huntington) #StinkyatTheH:

The Corpse Flower inspires creativity. Lindsay Brennan made (delicious!) Corpse Flower Cake Pops and brought them to Jim Folsom's Orchid Lecture for BAGSC members.

The Corpse Flower inspires creativity. Lindsay Brennan made (delicious!) Corpse Flower Cake Pops and brought them to Jim Folsom’s Orchid Lecture for BAGSC members.

The bloom (and smell) only lasts a day or so. If you’re coming to The Huntington this weekend to see and smell, be sure to stop by the Brody Botanical Center, Flora-Legium Gallery to see “Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens,” The Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial, American Society of Botanical Artists, and “Amazing Trees,” the adjunct exhibition by the Botanical Artist Guild of Southern California (BAGSC). BAGSC artists will be on hand all weekend with drop in family activities and botanical art demonstrations. The exhibitions go through to August 27, 2018.

Another view of the chocolate Corpse Flower Cake Pops.

Another view of the chocolate Corpse Flower Cake Pops.

Deborah Shaw (L) and Tania Norris (R) took a few minutes to sketch Li'l Stinky.

Deborah Shaw (L) and Tania Norris (R) took a few minutes to sketch Li’l Stinky.

BAGSC member Tania Norris with her Li'l Stinky sketch.

BAGSC member Tania Norris with her Li’l Stinky sketch.

by Jude Wiesenfeld, posted by Deb Shaw

Lesley Randall with one Aristolochia gigantea flower. Photo by Jude Wiesenfeld, © 2018.

Lesley Randall with one Aristolochia gigantea flower. Photo by Jude Wiesenfeld, © 2018.

Lesley Randall’s workshop, held at the LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Acadia, was very informative, focusing on Aristolochiaceae, commonly known as the Dutchman’s Pipe Family of plants. Lesley began the workshop with a lecture on the origin of the Aristolochiaceae. They first appeared about 30 million years ago, when most of us were barely starting our careers!

We examined, both in hand and through our microscopes, the distinguishing characteristics to look for while drawing. Lesley encouraged us to write down measurements and notes on the specimens for future clarification in our drawings and to include for illustration work.

Aristolochea gigantea seed pod. Photo by Jude Wiesenfeld, © 2018.

Aristolochea gigantea seed pod. Photo by Jude Wiesenfeld, © 2018.

It was fascinating to see how the different techniques (stippling vs. lines) gave a variety of results. Sometimes a broken line worked better than an unbroken one! Lesley supplied great examples of this in handouts.

The final drawings are started with an outline and then the details are added with stippling. It is important to stipple with a purpose: i.e., namely to clarify a characteristic, show shape, create depth and/or show color pattern. Also, Lesley stressed how important it is to keep your paper, hands and workspace CLEAN.

Lesley encouraged us to research other artists’ work to learn about technique and mentioned Bobbi Angell as someone to study.

Two books recommended by Lesley Randall: "Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification" by Thomas J. Elpel, ISBN-13: 978-1892784353, ISBN-10: 1892784351; and, "Guide to Flowering Plant Families" by Wendy B. Zomlefer, ISBN13: 9780807844700, ISBN-10: 0807844705. Photo by Jude Wiesenfeld, © 2018.

Two books recommended by Lesley Randall: “Botany in a Day: The Patterns Method of Plant Identification” by Thomas J. Elpel, ISBN-13: 978-1892784353, ISBN-10: 1892784351; and, “Guide to Flowering Plant Families” by Wendy B. Zomlefer, ISBN13: 9780807844700, ISBN-10: 0807844705. Photo by Jude Wiesenfeld, © 2018.

Lesley was a fantastic teacher and very generous with us all. I hope she will consider other workshops in the future.

[NOTE: click on any of the thumbnails above to view the images larger, in a slide show format.]

by Patricia A. Mark and Deb Shaw

Olga Eysymontt will be teaching two botanical art workshops this summer at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Gardens (LA Arboretum) through the Extension Program at Otis College of Art and Design.

The first is a two-day drawing and painting workshop, “Heirloom Tomatoes in Watercolor/Colored Pencil. The focus for this workshop will be techniques for conveying the perception of light and shadow, mixing color and continuous tone. Prior experience in drawing botanical subject matter is helpful. A supply list is on the Otis workshop registration site (included on the link below):
Heirloom Tomatoes in Watercolor/Colored Pencil
Saturday, July 7, and Sunday, July 8, 2018
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Science Lab Classroom
Cost: $185
LA Arboretum & Botanic Garden (link to map)

The second two-day drawing and painting workshop, “Eggplants in Watercolor/Colored Pencil,” will be held in August. This workshop also will cover the techniques for conveying light and shadow, mixing color, and continuous tone. Changing the subject matter from tomatoes to a variety of eggplants allows exploration of different techniques and effects. A supply list is on the Otis workshop registration site (included on the link below):
Eggplants in Watercolor/Colored Pencil
Saturday, August 18, and Sunday, August 19, 2018
9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Oak Room
Cost: $185
LA Arboretum & Botanic Garden (link to map)

Both workshops will be held indoors at the LA Arboretum. Class details will be sent to registrants. There are still a few seats remaining. Take one or both classes!

Questions? Call Otis Extension at 310-665-6850, or email extension@otis.edu

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