Three weeks until the RHS botanical art exhibition

How am I doing? Will I be finished in time?

These of course are the questions I am asking myself and I imagine are the same questions for those who follow the blog.

Preparing for the RHS botanical art show which will happen in London 11 – 12 April, with preview on the evening of the 10th, has taken three years. The work is almost finished. Believe it or not.

I have finished painting each of the six pictures. I have only painted the necessary six and I haven’t painted a 7th as a reserve in case one wasn’t up to scratch ( I was advised to do this – in case). The frames are made and all that remains is working up the digital images for printing plus writing the information to hang with the pictures.

Matching the colours exactly is a hugely time consuming exercise. I prefer to do this myself unless the picture is too big for the equipment I have. As having the correct colours to reflect my subject is important for my painting, I am a perfectionist in matching the colours in Photoshop.

The last bit of work will be to research further the six Malus plants I have painted and write some information about each of them.

Three weeks is not long. The sun is shining, the garden and gardening await and May this year will be very busy with exhibitions. But, the RHS exhibition is the most important having taken three years to prepare.



2 thoughts on “Three weeks until the RHS botanical art exhibition

  1. I was very interested that you like to match your colours for printing yourself on photoshop. I have just started to learn about this myself after being dissatisfied with the colours from various printers. It is not easy though is it! All the best with your RHS exhibition entries.

    1. Hei Chris, I too struggled to find a printer that did a good job, although I now do know of one. I therefore decided to teach myself Photoshop, got a good scanner and printer with archival inks, and now do most myself.

      In fact, in learning to do it myself, printers said that getting such good colour matches made it difficult for them to do it in a cost efficient manner; they would have to use so many hours to do the work.

      I suppose that in matching the colours when painting, I have more of a feel of what I want in the finished print – which a printer wouldn’t have. It gives me the advantage.

      The only problems I have are if the painting is bigger than I can manage with the equipment, and time.

      Anyway, thank you for your best wishes and good luck with Photoshop.

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