Palmengarten – Thursday week three

I hope that you realise why I’m titling the blog in this way. It is to let you know how long the Palmengarten exhibition is on and therefore how long before you miss the opportunity to go and see it. (That almost sounds like a double negative). Next week is the last week.

I have been working on the pamphlets to advertise the workshop 28 June to 5 July 2015 in Norway. I hope that it won’t take too long, but I am waiting on flight schedules for summer 2015 to Oslo Torp airport.

Tomorrow, and for the next three days I have a workshop based on the beautiful, autumn colours. It will be interesting to see what sort of subjects students will bring with them. I will of course show some of the results.

But back to Palmengarten.

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Artwork by Claire Ward, Rosemary Lindsay, Anne Lawton, Denise Heywood Mills and Gael Sellwood.

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Artwork by Maya Thomi-Luck, Gael Sellwood, Janet Pope and Penny Gould.

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Milling visitors at the opening of the Palmengarten exhibition.

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Artwork by Maya Thomi-Luck

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Artwork by Penny Brown, Christine Flintham, Charlotte Linder and Sheila Etchingham

Palmengarten – Wednesday week 3

The Society of Botanical Artists had their Christmas meeting in London today. It is a time to meet other full members, associate members (those on the way to getting full membership) and Distant Learning Students.

It is a good time to meet and talk about what people are doing and for me, the opportunity to mention a little about Palmengarten and what will happen when the exhibition finishes at the end of November.

There is still the opportunity to go and see the exhibition in Frankfurt and it is worth seeing. I know that some SBA members are going to see it before it finishes.

Today I am posting a picture from today’s informal meeting. It was taken while member Brenda Green was entertaining us. As you can see, we all enjoyed ourselves.

 

Audience participation enjoyment
Audience participation enjoyment

More photos from the exhibition. I do hope that you are enjoying them.

Artwork by Maya Thomi-Luck, Gael Sellwood, Janet Pope and Penny Gould
Artwork by Maya Thomi-Luck, Gael Sellwood, Janet Pope and Penny Gould
Artwork by Yvonne Edwards & Sandra Armitage
Artwork by Yvonne Edwards & Sandra Armitage
Artwork by Kath Baker, Vivien Burgess, Gillian Geary
Artwork by Kath Baker, Vivien Burgess, Gillian Geary
Artwork by Penny Gould, Linda Pitt, and Gillian Geary
Artwork by Penny Gould, Linda Pitt, and Gillian Geary
Ian Coulson preparing the table with the CV and visitor book.
Ian Coulson preparing the table with the CV and visitor book.
SBA member Alister Matthews at the opening in Frankfurt, with her husband.
SBA member Alister Matthews at the opening in Frankfurt, with her husband. ( and me of course).

Palmengarten – Tuesday week 3 (and botanical form tips)

Back to almost normal for one day. I had my weekly class today instead of tomorrow as we are going up to London for the SBA Christmas meeting.

A lot of the teaching today was based around form and observing tonal values relative to the light source. Sometimes students find this a difficult area, particularly if the surface area of the subject is very uneven and absorbs the available light.

It can sometimes help to use a substitute smooth shape, to work out the underlying tonal values and thus the form. For example, with a spherical shape there might be difficulties in determining where the light falls and what is in shade, depth of shade and areas of reflective light. One can use a ball as a substitute and cover it with cling film to make the surface smooth. This will in turn reflect light well and highlight differences in tonal values creating a clearer three- dimensional form. The complications of texture, patterns and colour are reduced during this phase and can be added once the shape and form have been established.

Palmengarten news. Sue has had a good day at Palmengarten with a lot of interest again both in the gardens and the botanical art exhibition. She was very relieved to experience that this evening the trains were at last running normally and she got home at an acceptable time.

There are three new green dots on pictures indicating that they have been reserved!

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Artwork by Sue Wickison

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Artwork by Sarah Caswell & Linda Hampson

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Artwork by Angeline De Meester & Sandra Armitage

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Artwork by Elisabeth Sherras Clark & Sue Wickison

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Society of Floral Painters (SFP) workshop day & Palmengarten

For a change I will tell you a little of what I have been up to today.

I mentioned a couple of days ago that I would be doing a fair amount of teaching this week. Today I did a workshop for the SFP. A couple of times a year they arrange workshops for members at a place called Bursledon just outside Southampton.

Bursledon is by the River Hamble and its Elephant Boatyard is on the site of the old ship building yards where Henry VIII’s fleet was built. But I didn’t get to do any sightseeing unfortunately.

The village hall where the workshops are held is very light and airy, but the light comes in all directions giving all round light. Difficult when you want to emphasise contrast and shadows creating form.

The topic of the workshop was Autumn Colours and the medium was coloured pencil. Some of the students were well into using coloured pencil in botanical art, some had played a bit with CP and some had collected the odd pencil and wanted to learn how to use them. We had only one day.

Because of time limitation (1 day), and unlike my usual workshops, I had to stay focused only on CP techniques, rather than the whole picture – initial drawing and composition. This meant that people had to have taken decisions about subject and composition before today, to be in readiness for laying CP.

I demonstrated the technique, answered questions and then let people put into practice what they had picked up from the demo and instruction. After that it was a question of going round and continuously checking progress, giving advice and solving individual issues.

I’m afraid that I only took a few pictures as I waited a little too late before remembering to take them. But there are two people from further west who are absolute gluttons for punishment, they got off on time, but are coming back for my three- day workshop at the weekend. I will definitely take photos of their results then.

Here are four of the results from today.

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Don’t you think they are stunning? Three of the happy ladies (Maggie Roberts, Barbara Sampson and Ruth Roberts) considering if they are going to paint Medlar or not. I think that they were amazed that when painting subjects such as dead and dyeing leaves, you can really play with colours. They were so surprised to find out that dull brown also contains pale pinks, exhilarating magentas, delicate blues and of course vibrant reds and yellows.

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To finish off this blog a few more of the exhibition pictures at Palmengarten.

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Artwork by Sandra Armitage & Vickie Braithwaite.

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Artwork by Cheryl Wilbraham & Yuriko Kojima

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Artwork by Shevaun Doherty & Elisabeth Sherras Clark

Palmengarten – Sunday week 3

Sue Henon is at last back home after the train strike. Apparently it had completely paralysed Frankfurt – as well as the rest of Germany of course. The day before the strike happened, there was a mass exercise to find hotels in the city and if you weren’t early enough – too bad.

Speaking with Sue this evening, she told me just how empty the city was. Palmengarten always has a lot of visitors, but not over the last few days – that is until today. This of course affected the botanical art exhibition  as no-one came in to view the works of art. However, the emptiness gave Sue an opportunity to plan her next talk for a tour round the exhibition.

But today, although transport was not hugely reliable, life returned to Palmengarten and she was very busy. Two more pictures got red dots on them and hopefully things will be fully back to normal tomorrow. Sue is looking forward to her one day off.

Artwork by Caroline Jackson Houlston, Marion Wilson and Sheila Etchingham
Artwork by Caroline Jackson Houlston, Marion Wilson and Sheila Etchingham
Artwork by Sue Wickison & Simon Williams
Artwork by Sue Wickison & Simon Williams
Artwork by Yoriko Kojima & Victoria Braithwaite
Artwork by Yoriko Kojima & Victoria Braithwaite
Artwork by Janie Pirie & Libby Carreck
Artwork by Janie Pirie & Libby Carreck
Artwork by Angeline De Meester & Billy Showell
Artwork by Angeline de Meester & Billy Showell
Yet another view of the Palm house on the morning of the Private view and opening, which was held that evening.
Yet another view of the Palm house on the morning of the Private view and opening, which was held that evening.

Palmengarten botanical art exhibition – 3rd weekend

What miserable weather we are having now – a reminder that winter is on the way. Only one week ago we had really warm weather – unseasonably so. It put us into a false sense of the cold and wet was still a long way away.

Now I have actually caught up with marking the assignments for the London Art College, so tomorrow I will have to catch up on other admin work as on Monday I am holding a coloured pencil workshop day for the Society of Floral Painters (SFP) just outside Southampton. When will I get back to painting?

I have moved my Wednesday class to Tuesday as I will be going up to London on Wednesday for the Society of Botanical Artists(SBA) Christmas meeting. Christmas!!?

Friday I start another three-day workshop on Autumn colours. I have one vacancy if anyone wants to fill that place let me know. Watercolour of Coloured Pencil.

More pictures from the Palmengarten exhibition? Here they are.

 

Artwork by Billy Showell
Artwork by Billy Showell
Artwork bySarah Wood, Amber Halsall & Sue Linton
Artwork bySarah Wood, Amber Halsall & Sue Linton
Artwork bySue Linton & Jennifer Jenkins
Artwork bySue Linton & Jennifer Jenkins
Artwork byLisa Tomassi
Artwork byLisa Tomassi
Artwork byCaroline Jackson Houlston and Rosemary Lindsay,
Artwork byCaroline Jackson Houlston and Rosemary Lindsay,
A very unfortunate view along the other part of the L-shaped Palm House. Picture taken prior to setting up of Sales desk. Get a real idea from the picture shown in the blog 4 November.
A very unfortunate view along the other part of the L-shaped Palm House. Picture taken prior to setting up of Sales desk. Get a real idea from the picture shown in the blog 4 November.

Palmengarten – Friday week 2

Still no news from Sue at Palmengarten and none expected until Monday. But people are very obviously interested in the botanical art exhibition in the Palm House in Frankfurt. For those SBA members and associate members who sent in work for this exhibition, there is a lot of positive feedback from your pictures shown on this blog.

The Palmengarten exhibition title is ‘Poisonous and medicinal plants’. An item in the news today was very much in keeping with this and also a reminder as to the properties some of our beautiful plants actually have. It means that we can still see their beauty in our gardens, but some of these plants need to be treated with respect. That is where it is important to find out what we have in our gardens.

Apparently an inquest has heard about the death of an experienced gardener on an estate where there is Aconitum – common name ‘Wolfsbane’. There seems to be a possible association between tending the garden, symptoms and the death of the inividual concerned (you can tell I have worked with environmental exposure statistics – slightly different wording to the newspaper).

A quote from today’s Independent paper:

Tom Wells, from the Chelsea Physic Garden, said to the Times that wolfsbane was one of the most dangerous plants found in Britain’s gardens.

“The roots are where the highest level of poison is found, although it is still found in the flower,” he said. “If there were cuts on his hand, it would enter his bloodstream and affect his heart very quickly.”

In severe cases the poisoning causes heart arrhythmia, paralysis of the heart and respiratory problems. Other symptoms include vomiting, dizziness and diarrhoea.

We have three pictures of Aconitum in the Exhibition and I will highlight only those pictures in this blog.

Artwork by Eiko Takano. Title: Aconite napellus - Monkshood (watercolour)
Artwork by Eiko Takano. Title: Aconite napellus – Monkshood (watercolour)
Artwork by Caroline Jackson-Houlston. Title: Aconite lycoctonum - Wolf's Bane (watercolour)
Artwork by Caroline Jackson-Houlston. Title: Aconite lycoctonum – Wolf’s Bane (watercolour)
Artwork by Yuriko Kojima. Title: Aconitum japonicum - Torikabuto (watercolour)
Artwork by Yuriko Kojima. Title: Aconitum japonicum – Torikabuto (watercolour)

I wish that I had been able to take the photos without the reflection on the glass, because in reality all three pictures are very beautiful and the style of each artist is completely different.

Go and see the exhibition at Palmengarten, the botanic gardens in Frankfurt. It is well worth a trip.

Palmengarten – Thursday week 2

We haven’t heard anything from Sue today and hope that she is safely ensconced in the hotel in Frankfurt.

I have been marking assignments for LAC all day and I am still only halfway through them. But people have put so much work into their assignments that they deserve good feedback to move onwards.

More pictures. I gather that they are of great interest, hopefully not only to botanical artists. It would be lovely to get more people in the detail of what is our everyday.

Another view in the Palm house
Another view in the Palm house
Artwork byAngie Gray & Yvonne Glenister Hammond
Artwork byAngie Gray & Yvonne Glenister Hammond
Artwork byYvonne Glennister Hammond & Elizabeth Sherras Clark
Artwork byYvonne Glennister Hammond & Elizabeth Sherras Clark
Artwork by Claire Ward & Janet ‘Connor
Artwork by Claire Ward & Janet ‘Connor
Artwork byShevaun Doherty & Roberta Mattioli
Artwork byShevaun Doherty & Roberta Mattioli
Artwork by Sue Henon
Artwork by Sue Henon

Palmengarten – Wednesday week 2

Early this morning I heard from Sue Henon at Palmengarten, that yesterday evening until very late, she was getting in touch with loads of hotels in Frankfurt to try and find an affordable one for the duration of the strike. Apparently, as many people were out on the same quest, hotel prices were escalating rapidly. Eventually she found one in an area that wasn’t the best (every city has one), which she could afford. Hopefully it will be comfortable.

Sue tells me that the strike starts at 02:00 and lasts until 02:00 Monday morning. You may remember she takes her one day a week break on Monday, but luckily she has managed to get a lift home on Sunday evening after the exhibition closes for the day.

But as Sue will not be going home and won’t have access to a computer, I doubt that we will have any updates about the exhibition until Sunday evening at the earliest. However, if I get any news I will post it. In the meantime I intend to continue with posting the pictures I have from the exhibition.

On a personal note, today I had my normal weekly class. I am so lucky as there are six students who get on so well together. Four of them use watercolour and two coloured pencil. I do enjoy the class and their involvement in it.

This afternoon I have been marking assignments. I’m afraid that I haven’t got very far as the first two were completing the course. I therefore feel it, important to give a very full feedback so that they can continue working on their own. But if I can get more people interested in botanical art- so much the better.

Now the pictures. I wonder how many actually read what I have written, or just go through the pictures?

Artwork by Jenny Jowett & Vivien Burgess.
Artwork by Jenny Jowett & Vivien Burgess.
Artwork by Amber Halsall & Gaynor Dickeson
Artwork by Amber Halsall & Gaynor Dickeson
Artwork by Patricia Regnart, Angie Gray and Joanna Craig McFeeley
Artwork by Patricia Regnart, Angie Gray and Joanna Craig McFeeley
Artwork by Elizabeth Sherras Clark, Bridgette James and Gael Sellwood
Artwork by Elizabeth Sherras Clark, Bridgette James and Gael Sellwood
Artwork by Sarah Caswell (sorry I didn't hold the camera [ or me ]very straight!)
Artwork by Sarah Caswell (sorry I didn’t hold the camera [ or me ]very straight!)
The outside wall of the Palm house looking up away from the reception area. A sneak preview before the e Hinton opened. Interst already.
The outside wall of the Palm house looking up away from the reception area. A sneak preview before the e Hinton opened. Interst already.