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by Deb Shaw

Adrian Higgins, a columnist with The Washington Post wrote a wonderful article yesterday, January 29, 2020 about Alice Tangerini and botanical art. Entitled Botanical illustration is becoming endangered, but the job is essential, the article covers Alice’s important work, and also interviews Bobbi Angell.

See the article and images here.

by Janet Parker, posted by Deb Shaw

Heeyoung Kim Pen & Ink Workshop

Acclaimed botanical artist and instructor, Heeyoung Kim, will give a 3-day workshop in Portland, Oregon this spring in pen-and-ink:
April 16 thru 18

Heeyoung is the 2012 recipient of the ASBA’s highest honor, The Diane Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art. She’s also a skilled and patient teacher.

The workshop will be held at the Oregon Society of Artists.
For more information and to register, please visit the workshop page for the Oregon Society of Artists website.

To learn more about Heeyoung and her work, here’s a link to her website.

Questions? Contact Janet Parker.

The Oregon Society of Artists is located at:
2185 S.W. Park Place, Portland, Oregon 97205, 503-228-0706

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

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,

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 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 Nina Antze, posted by Deb Shaw

Sketching Bonsai Workshop May 12, Douglas Charles © 2018.

Sketching Bonsai Workshop May 12, Douglas Charles © 2018.

The Northern California Society of Botanical Artists is holding a workshop taught by Lee McCaffree, “Sketching Bonsai in Pen and Ink.” The workshop has been rescheduled to
Saturday, May 12, 2018,  10:00am -3:00pm
in Menlo Park, California

Enjoy a day of sketching Bonsai trees among an extensive collection of plants in Menlo Park. Learn about the basic structure of this art form, and how to capture the essence of an individual specimen(s) in pen and ink. This workshop is intended to be fun and relaxing—depicting the trees overall design instead of the exact details. Everyone is welcome.

The cost is $30 for NCalSBA members; $40 for non–members. The workshop cost includes a donation to NCalSBA and the Bonsai Garden.

There are still a few seats available. To register, and for more information about the workshop (including a materials list), contact D. Hunter.


Arillyn Moran-Lawrence, posted by Deb Shaw

"Elegant Syrah," © 2015, Arillyn Moran-Lawrence. Pen and ink, 13-1/2"  x 19". All rights reserved.

“Elegant Syrah,” © 2015, Arillyn Moran-Lawrence. Pen and ink, 13-1/2″ x 19″. All rights reserved.

“Elegant Syrah” is a pen and ink drawing of  grapes from a Temecula vineyard. I found this interesting group of grapes on the vine at the Callaway Winery. I liked the way the grapes were embraced by the leaves. I sketched and photographed them and made some color swatches as I hadn’t decided which media I would use.

Francesca Anderson’s pen and ink work has always fascinated me so I decided that I would use pen and ink. I began with stippling on the grapes and had to decide to make each grape unique in some very small way so that I could happily reach the end of my work.

I entered “Elegant Syrah” In the 119th Annual Juried Exhibition of the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club. I worked for 10 years to finally qualify to be a full member of the club and have now been a member of the group for many years.

The Exhibition at the historic landmark National Arts Club in Manhattan”s Gramercy Park is the club’s major event.  $8,000.00 in awards are given. A Metropolitan curator also serves on the jury of awards.

A Preview Reception benefits a travel fund for curators from the Metropolitan to research collections across the country.

Catharine Lorillard Wolfe was a philanthropist and art collector who was the only woman in the group of men who founded the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe was the first woman to be on the board of of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  The Art Club with her name was established in 1896, to aid women and to counsel and help them exhibit their art. Now the club reflects the members’ professional standing and interests. For more information on the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club, please see their website.

The National Arts Club is an historic private club in Gramercy Park, Manhattan. It is a National Historic Landmark.

by Lesley Randall, posted by Deb Shaw

Aristolochia gigantea, ink on paper, Lesley Randall, © 2013, all rights reserved

Aristolochia gigantea, ink on paper, Lesley Randall, © 2013, all rights reserved.

Lesley Randall will be teaching a two-day workshop on pen and ink for botanical illustration in northern California. Sponsored by the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity, this workshop is for students of all levels.

Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, 2015
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
3075 Sciences Laboratory Building
UC Davis

The cost is $170.00 for Davis Botanical Society and ASBA members; $190.00 for non-members. Make checks payable to Lesley Randall and send to her address. Questions? Contact Lesley via email.

Botanical illustration is an art with a long tradition. Although accuracy is the top priority, pen and ink botanical illustrations are art pieces of elegant beauty. Lesley will cover the basics from sketching to transfer and inking techniques. Types of papers and pens will also be discussed. All levels of experience are welcome! Students are encouraged to bring completed sketches so they can focus on inking techniques.

Lesley has been an illustrator for 27 years. Her published work has appeared in The Flora of Yosemite National Park, The Jepson Manual, Invasive Plants of California’s Wildlands and numerous scientific journals. She has exhibited her work in Australia, the United Kingdom, New York City and California.

by Deb Shaw

Cristina Baltayian will be teaching Botanical Art & Illustration at the Los Angeles County Arboretum:
Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014
10am-2pm; Oak Room
$275 members; $295 non-members

These classes will explore color pencil, graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor on various papers, vellum and other surfaces. The emphasis will be on plant observation, drawing, composition, color theory and matching, and medium techniques. All levels of experience are welcome, and participants will find a very high degree of personalized attention. Class participation is limited to a minimum of 5 students and a maximum of 12.

The class fee is for four (4) Tuesdays each month. The next session will be: December 2, 9, 16, 23, 2014. You may bring your lunch or purchase it at the Peacock Café. A Materials List will be provided upon registration.

In addition, an exciting project has begun, in which, in conjunction with the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, students will be studying and portraying many of the Arboretum plant introductions from the last 50 years. The goal is to build a collection of paintings that will celebrate and document the invaluable contribution of the Los Angeles Arboretum to the state of California.

Class fees include admission to the LA Arboretum. For more information, visit the class website page. Pre-registration is required; call 626.821.4623. The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden is located at: 301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007.


And one more for all you photography buffs out there…

The LA Arboretum will also hold a workshop on “Night Photography in the Garden”
Saturday, November 22; 7-9pm
Instructor: Frank McDonough
$30 members; $35 non-members

Photographers don’t miss this opportunity to photograph the Arboretum when it’s at its most interesting and unusual; at night. Bring your cameras, LED lights, lasers and specialty light sources and go on the hunt for unique, unusual, and beautiful nighttime picture-taking opportunities. Note: Headlamp required; tripod and DSLR recommended. Please call the class register line at 626-821-4623 to register.

by Lesley Randall/Leslie Walker, posted by Deb Shaw

Asclepias speciosa, Lesley Randall, pen and ink on illustration board, © 2014.

Asclepias speciosa, Lesley Randall, pen and ink on illustration board, © 2014.

BAGSC member Lesley Randal will be teaching a two-day workshop on Pen and Ink for Botanical Illustration at the San Diego Botanic Garden:

Saturday & Sunday, August 9  and 10, 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
San Diego Botanic Garden
Ecke Building

230 Quail Gardens Drive, Encinitas, California 92024

Pen and ink is an elegant art form and the traditional method used in botanical illustration. This class will cover the different techniques used to convey shading, the importance of using different line weights and choosing the appropriate paper.

The class will focus on the legume family with a short lecture of the diagnostic characters given by instructor Lesley Randall. Students are not required to draw a plant from this family, however. Students must provide their own plant specimen to draw, with flower, fruit or seed pod if possible. Students are encouraged to have some pencil sketches completed of their subject to bring to the class. This will allow maximum time for working in pen and ink. All levels of experience are welcome.

Coffee, tea and water will be provided, but please bring your lunch. A materials list will be provided upon registration. There is ample parking at the SDBG, but of course, we always encourage carpooling.

The class is presented by San Diego Botanic Garden and the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California. Registration is on a first come, first served basis, maximum class size is 20 people. Please register online (the online registration will be available starting June 9) at the garden’s website, or mail checks “Payable to San Diego Botanic Garden” to:
Sam Beukema
San Diego Botanic Garden
PO Box 230005
Encinitas, California 92023

Cost: SDBG and BAGSC members $200, non-members $220. A materials list will be sent upon registration.

Questions? Email Lesley Randall.

Lesley began her career in Davis California where she prepared illustrations for scientific publications. Her work has appeared in numerous journals as well as a few floras, including the Jepson Manual and An Illustrated Flora of Yosemite National Park. In recent years she has exhibited her work in international juried botanical art shows in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. While she works primarily in pen and ink, Lesley also enjoys working in color pencil and graphite. In addition to botanical art, Lesley makes leather masks and mosaics out of glass. She is currently employed at San Diego Botanic Garden as curator of plant collections where she finds many different plants to draw.

by Leslie Walker, posted by Deb Shaw

Anita Walsmit Sachs in her studio. © Anita Walsmit Sachs

Anita Walsmit Sachs in her studio. © Anita Walsmit Sachs

Anita is an experienced Scientific Illustrator and teacher who is coming from the Netherlands to teach this very special class on October 12, 13, and 14. For a complete biography and an opportunity to see her work, visit her website.

Each student will select and bring to class a plant they wish to draw and get to know intimately.

The first day you will get to know the plant by study, making dissections, using a microscope and drawing.

The second day will be spent making a composition and deciding the technique you wish to work in.  This can be in pencil, watercolor or pen and ink which will make it  a scientific piece.

The last day we will try to finish our drawing or painting.

The teaching will be individual. Some experience would be nice.

The cost of this three day class on October 12, 13 and 14,  will be $300. The cost for non-members is $350. Space will be held upon receipt of a $50.00 non-refundable deposit. Final payment is due to Leslie by September 28. A list of materials and a suggested reading list will be sent by email, upon payment of deposit. Checks should be made out to “BAGSC” and sent to Janice. Questions? Contact Leslie until August 31 or Janice after August 31.

The class will be held October 12, 13 & 14, from 9:30 to 3:30 each day at Sally Jacobs’ Studio.

You don’t want to miss this wonderful opportunity. Class size is limited, so register as soon as you can.

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