I just received my copy of "Botanic Endeavour"...... a stunning new limited edition book just recently released by the Florilegium Society for which I am a member of. I am so happy & proud seeing my painting inside of Hakea Gibbosa, which also appears on the back cover. I feel very honoured to have my piece included in this publication & having it in the company of the other incredibly talented artists gorgeous works.
The book was to accompany an exhibition (April this year), of all these beautiful artworks, held in the, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, to coincide with the 250th anniversary of Captain Cooks voyage in the HMB Endeavour...... but due to Covid 19, the exhibition sadly has had to be postponed & will be held on a new date to be announced
Click here for more info about the Florilegium Society, this wonderful publication & how to order.
The spectacular Botanica Exhibition opens this weekend and this year is extra special being it's
20th Anniversary. Once again I'm thrilled to say I have a framed original painting hanging for sale in this exhibition (pics of it below - the Dainty Swallowtail Butterfly) as well as a small selection of my Limited Edition Prints.
Please find details and links to more info below.
Curator Robyn Macintosh brings Australian botanical art to life in the 20th anniversary celebration of the widely-acclaimed exhibition, Botanica. Sixty-six Australian and international botanic artists will be featuring more than 150 artworks during this 2-week exhibition, which guests can visit for free.
After exhibition update - exhibited artworks can be viewed here.
Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens
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I'm thrilled to write an entry about this truly beautiful and special exhibition held in the
unique setting of the gorgeous historic house at Carrick Hill.
"Close to Nature: May Gibbs & Australian Botanical Art", displays a wonderful
collection of stunning pieces by Australia's iconic artist May Gibbs. In compliment to May's
beautiful work is a selection of nature inspired art by a number of Australian twentieth century
and contemporary artists. I'm so happy to say that two of my original watercolours are on
display among these beautiful works.
Please see below, a few snaps I took of the exhibition.
The house and the gardens are also stunning to wander through and make a lovely day out!
The exhibition is open until November 25th, 2018.
House entry fee applies.
Click here for more information from Carrick Hill
Click here for information on May Gibbs
Today I'm writing about 3 exhibitions currently showing at the wonderful Shirley Sherwood Gallery in Kew Gardens. I'm really happy to say that a painting of mine is in the Florilegium Exhibition and I was very lucky to attend the special artists preview night early in April, which was wonderful and a real thrill! It really was such privilage to see the many works by such talented artists, presented so beautifully and in such an exquisite exhibition space!
"The Florilegium: Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney"
Displays the works of 64 Australian and International Botanical Artists who are members of the Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. The collection was previously exhibited at the Sydney Living Museum in 2016 and my Keteleeria fortunei painting is one of more than 80 paintings on display. Information about the Florilegium Society can be found on The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney website here.
"Down Under II: Works from the Shirley Sherwood Collection"
In celebration of 10 years of the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, showcasing a number of works from Dr Shirley Sherwoods amazing personal collection by artists from Australia and New Zealand.
"Plans and Plants: The making of the Temperate House"
To celebrate the re-opening of the Temperate House at Kew - the original drawing plans are on display and also examples of what plants were inside the Temperate House in 1863.
All exhibitions open from 31st March to 16th September, 2018
Click on the exhibition headings above for further details.
click here to see Katherine Tyrrells wonderful article on her Botanical Art & Artists website.
click here to listen to a wonderful & very interesting podcast interview with Dr Shirley Sherwood by
the very talented botanical artist Jess Shepherd of Inkyleaves.
Please find below a few snaps from the exhibitions.
Oh my gosh! A year has passed already and it's time again for the wonderful annual
Botanica Exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney!
Once again I'm thrilled to have an original painting selected to hang at the Lion Gate Lodge, as well as having
a collection of my Limited Edition Prints and some lovely packs of my Greeting Cards on sale there also!
Please see the link and info below for exhibition details and also a sneak peak of my
Large Green-comb Spider Orchid painting with it's pollinator wasp.
Images from Botanica "Symbiosis"
My watercolour painting of the Large Green-comb Spider Orchid.
It's once again that wonderful & exciting time of the year for the annual Botanica Exhibition at the
Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney ....and I'm thrilled to say I've finished a new original watercolour painting
which will be accompanying a number of my Limited Edition Giclee Prints for sale at the exhibition.
Please find all of the details below and a sneak peak at my new piece.
Be sure to click on the link below to read all about this fantastic exhibition including info for the opening night.
‘Botanica in Sickness and in Health’ is an unmissable contemporary botanical art exhibition inspired by
our complex and beautiful relationship with plants.
6 - 28 May in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
All works for sale.
My watercolour painting of a white Echinacea with an Australian Painted Lady Butterfly.
You can view my Instagram page to see a few progress snaps of this painting.
Sadly I have been unable to visit the exquisite Florilegium: Sydney's Painted Garden Exhibition
(as described in my last post).... however, I have been very fortunate to have family visit Sydney very recently
and they so kindly took some great snaps and recorded some wonderful footage so I could see my painting
and what the exhibition looked like. I am so thrilled & grateful for this and have quickly put the
footage together in the short video below.
I'm excited to write a quick post about 2 wonderful Botanical Art Exhibitions at the Sydney Living Museums.
FLORILEGIUM - SYDNEYS PAINTED GARDEN
will be running from
30th July to 30th October, 2016
This beautiful exhibition will be showing a collection of over 80 gorgeous botanical paintings from more than 60 Botanical Artists (Australian & International) from the Florilegium Society.
I'm proud to say my work "Keteleeria fortunei" (as pictured above) will be one of the pieces on display. Yay!!
See here for more info on the Exhibition
See here for info on Florilegium Artist Demonstrations at the Exhibition
See here to learn about The Florilegium Society
See here for info about The Florilegium Book & a Guided Walk at the Botanic Gardens
& exquisite video of Angela Lober working on her Norfolk Island Pine
See here for an article describing the exhibition
See here for an ABC radio interview about the exhibition with Colleen Morris
See here for a review by Garden Drum - beating a new path
THE ARTIST & THE BOTANICAL COLLECTOR
The lost works of Lovegrove & Bauerlen
will be running from
13th August to 20th November, 2016
Showing original wildflower paintings from the 1890's & the partnership between an Artist & Botanical Collector.
See here for info more info on the exhibition.
See here for info on an Exhibition preview & talk (a members event).
Botanica 2016 At Farm Cove
It's that time of the year again for this wonderful exhibition held in the Sydney Botanic Gardens Lion Gate Lodge.
This years theme is in celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Many of the botanic artworks on display will be inspired by the native plants of the Sydney region & plants that arrived with the early settlers. Many of the works will also have the addition of pollinators such as insects.
All of the original works will be for sale and one of them I'm delighted to say is mine. This year my piece is a very old Banksia serrata seed pod (as seen below) .... and I could not resist adding the Banksia Jewel Beetle! I also have a small selection of my limited edition prints for sale at the exhibition.
More details here.
The Margaret Flockton Award will also be showing a magnificient selection of scientific botanic illustrations.
More details here.
The Florilegium Book
I'm very excited about receiving my copy of this very exciting publication.
It is also a celebration of the 200 year anniversary of the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.
It's a gorgeously printed book full of stunning botanical artworks and painted by a large number of wonderfully talented Botanic Artists. I feel so honored to be amongst them and send my sincere thanks to the lovely Florilegium commitee for all of their hard work, they have done a superb job.
My painting of the chinese pine Keteleeria fortunei is shown in the 2 smaller pics below. I was thrilled to discover a detail of my cone beside the introduction.
See here for more details about the Florilegium Society & the upcoming exhibition of these works.
See here for a great review of this lovely book.
I am thrilled to announce that my first botanical contribution to this wonderful collection was accepted this year
& will be part of the exhibition & will also appear in the publication. So I am a very happy artist indeed!
My piece Keterleeria fortunei is a conifer native to Hong Kong & certain provinces of China. It has the most
gorgeous pastel green immature cones and wonderfully large woody mature cones (this was my favourite part to paint and what attracted me to choose to this plant). I also found the seeds very beautiful to paint as well.
A detail of it appears proudly in the article above and the full painting is below.