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TALKS


Meet the artists behind the art, as we look over the shoulder of renowned botanical artists from the UK and beyond.

In these one hour sessions, delivered via Zoom webinars, artists will talk through their favourite projects or botanical art techniques. Their presentations will be richly illustrated with examples of their artwork and/or technique demonstrations, which will be followed by the opportunity for Q&A.

Talks are recorded and available to registrants 24 hours after the live session. They will then be available for 48 hours or so, making them accessible whatever your time zone!

YOU GET

  • Live presentations from experienced botanical artists.

  • Unique insights into working practices, recent projects or favourite techniques.

  • Tips and techniques for your own botanical art projects.

  • Meet artists from the UK and beyond, from the comfort of your own home.

  • Interactive Q&A opportunity.

  • Access to the recorded talk 24 hours after the live meeting for a further 48 hours, making it accessible across all time zones.

  • A 25% discount, if you book more than a month in advance.

Please read the important information at the bottom of this page.

PREVIOUS SPEAKERS
Julia Trickey, Laura Silburn, Deborah Lambkin, Lizzie Harper, Lucy Smith, Martin Allen, Helen Allen, Mary Dillon, Sarah Morrish, Carrie Di Costanzo, Lara Call Gastinger, Ann Swan, Katherine Tyrrell, Gill Condy, Shevaun Doherty, Sarah Gould, Mariella Baldwin.

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Zoom talk last night and indeed all the talks I had signed up for. They have meant that I have been able to jump start my interest in botanical painting." SS

"It was an honour and delight to watch the webinar last night" LC

"All the talks I caught were immensely interesting and a wonderful botanical escape from the various lockdown restrictions." JA

"Thank you so much - the talks are something special  - I will certainly be joining again next year." SD

"I just wanted to say thank you for organising such inspiring and very informative talks. I’ve enjoyed all of them" JH

"The Talks were and are and will be fantastic! Thank you so much for the today’s, I loved it." OR

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6 JANUARY 2022
Free Recording Available

 

2021 TALKS - BEST BITS

Julia Trickey

 

These talks were set up at the beginning of 2021 after a chance conversation with a fellow botanical art tutor, who had been hit financially by the Pandemic. The aim was to support fellow professional artists, whilst bringing their work and passion for botanical art to a wider audience.

 

In this FREE presentation, Julia shares the background to these talks, together with short extracts and images from the 2021 series of speakers. If you have not attended any of the webinars before, this is a great way of seeing what they are like and of getting an overview of the 2022 programme of artists. 

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20 JANUARY 2022
7pm GMT, 2pm EST, 11am PST

 

THE HEART OF BOTANICAL ART

Mary Dillon  POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS

Botanical Art lies at the meeting place between art and science but who is the Botanical artist and what compels them to pursue this most time-consuming, engrossing and personally engaging of art forms? What sustains the artist through their art practice and how can botanical artists make a difference?

 

Mary will explore these questions and share her own reflections, along with some reflections from the worldwide community of botanical artists.

Mary Dillon is an Irish botanical artist who enjoys capturing the essence of a plant with its sensuality and frailty. Her work has been exhibited internationally, is in Pittsburgh's Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation collection and she has been awarded Gold and Silver Medals and Best in Show in Botanical and Floral Art at Bloom, Dublin, 2016 and 2017. Mary is passionate about teaching, running classes in Ireland, the UK and beyond.

marydillonbotanicalart.com

£12 (£9 if booked before 20 December)

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10 FEBRUARY 2022
7pm GMT 2pm EST, 11am PST

 

AN IRIS FIELD

Işık Guner

 

Let’s explore the wild: home to many precious plants! 

Işık has travelled across the diverse landscape of Turkey many times, studying the local flora, especially irises. There are many different Iris species here waiting to be illustrated. Işık will share her journey finding, sketching and illustrating irises. She will share some tips for working in the field and how such work can lead to a complete scientific illustration. 

 

Işık has been a botanical artist since for many years. She has been involved with many projects, such as 'Plants from the Woods and Forest of Chile', 'Beauty of Orchids – China', 'Plants of Nepal', and the Transylvania Florilegium. Her recent book ‘Botanical Illustration from Life’ has been published in five languages and is currently being translated into Chinese. She works as a tutor on the Diploma in Botanical Illustration course at Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and as an art editor of ‘Illustrated Flora of Turkey’.

www.isikguner.com

£12 (£9 if booked before 10 January)

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24 FEBRUARY 2022
7pm GMT 2pm EST, 11am PST

 

PAINTING FOR THE GROOTBOS
FLORILEGIUM, SOUTH AFRICA

Laura Silburn

 

Last year Laura travelled to The Grootbos nature reserve in South Africa to take part in the Grootbos Florilegium Project, observing and recording the rich and diverse flora and fauna from the Fynbos. In this talk Laura will focus on the process from finding a plant in the field to studying it in depth, then using this preparation work to create a painting that also shows an artistic response to the plant.

Laura started botanical painting in 2008, since when she has received three prestigious RHS Gold Medals for her botanical artwork, (2013, 2014 and 2018). Laura has work in the RHS Lindley Library, the Hunt Institute, the Transylvania Florilegium, The Eden Project Florilegium and the Shirley Sherwood collection. Laura teaches at the Eden Project and Heligan in Cornwall.

www.laurasilburn.co.uk

£12 (£9 if booked before 24 January)

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10 MARCH 2022
7pm GMT 2pm EST, 11am PST

 

WILD PLANTS ON GLASS

Yanny Petters

 

Yanny’s glass paintings are created using an old technique known as Verre Eglomisé. In this talk she will outline a brief history of the method and how she developed the practice for her recent exhibition 'Field of Vision, Botanical Treasures in Focus' at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin. Acid etch, gold leaf, and a variety of mediums are brought together to capture our wild flowers in glowing colour. 

 

Yanny Petters specialises in Verre Eglomisé/Reverse painting on glass. She paints Irish wild plants and raises awareness of the wonders of wild habitats. Her work can be found in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, the Office of Public Works State Collection (Ireland), National Botanic Gardens (Dublin), The National Gallery of Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland. She is represented by the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin. 

www.yannypetters.net  www.facebook.com/YannyPettersBotanicalArtist

£12 (£9 if booked before 10 February)

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24 MARCH 2022
7pm GMT 2pm EST, 11am PST

 

SKETCHBOOK STUDIES

Lizzie Harper

 

Sketchbooks are a great way to gather reference for botanical illustration. Lizzie explains how and why she personally keeps botanical sketchbooks and the commercial use of some of her illustrations as a result. Watch her working on a sketch of a violet plant (sped up) whilst she explains the processes involved.  Then, focusing on a couple of sketchbook studies in close detail, Lizzie will explain exactly what information she likes to include and why all of these elements are important.

Lizzie Harper is a freelance botanical and natural history illustrator.  She has worked extensively for books and magazines, wildlife charities, identification guides, packaging, and advertising both in the UK and globally. Recent highlights include illustrating David Attenborough’s 'A Life on Our Planet' and 'The Hidden Universe' by Alex Antonelli, director of Kew gardens. Lizzie continues to be amazed and delighted that she can make a living doing something she is so utterly passionate about.

lizzieharper.co.uk

£12 (£9 if booked before 24 February)

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21 APRIL 2022
7pm GMT 2pm EST, 11am PST

 

REBEL FLOWER PAINTER

Jess Shepherd

 

The ideas and works of artist J R Shepherd connect botany with landscape, memory and symbolism, and are permeated with the qualities of romanticism and longing. Self-identifying as the ‘Rebel Flower Painter’, Jessica R Shepherd is one of the world’s leading botanical painters, creating works that are known for their capacity to bring audiences closer to the mystical, the irrational and the sublime.  Jessica will be talking about her latest projects including a mini-series of enormous leaves, her adventures into oil painting and 'Blue', giving lots of tips and advice on the way. 

Jessica became a full time flower painter in 2014. In February 2017, she placed the botanical kingdom in the spotlight with her solo show of over 40 new watercolour paintings at Abbott and Holder in London. For this exhibition, Jess explored her vision of a botanical dystopia, challenging our own sense of scale, its value and how we measure it.  She is now travelling the world looking for Blue Flowers.​

www.instagram.com/jrshepherd

£12 (£9 if booked before 21 March).

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5 MAY 2022
7pm GMT 2pm EST, 11am PST

 

BOTANICAL PAINTING
USING GOUACHE

Simon Williams

 

Gouache is often overlooked, yet it is such a versatile medium for its many different application techniques, particularly in both disciplines of botanical and natural history illustration.  Simon will talk about the positives and negatives of working with this opaque watercolour medium, from a botanical artists point of view. And about the need for the artist to be competent and methodical in dry brush painting. 

 

Simon Williams (Fellow SBA) originally trained as a commercial natural history illustrator in the late 90’s. Gouache was a favoured medium for such work, due to its opacity and reproduction value. Over the past 20 years, Simon has carved out a career in illustration, concentrating more on botanical painting along with tutoring and in 2013 became Course Director for the Society of Botanical Artists. Simon classes himself just as much a plantsman as he is a botanical artist.

 

www.swillustrations.com  www.thebotanicalvines.com

£12 (£9 if booked before 5 April)

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19 MAY 2022
7pm GMT 2pm EST, 11am PST

 

ART IN THE TIME OF COVID

Elaine Searle

 

At the best of times Botanical Art can be a solitary pursuit. How are artists responding to the pandemic? As they attempt to make sense of a new normal – does more introspection mean less productivity? How can enforced isolation affect working practice?  

 

Elaine will discuss these issues and share changes she has made to her own approach during the past two years. A major new work will be revealed for the first time. 

Elaine Searle is a UK botanical artist who creates portraits centred in her personal response to the plant. Her work has been exhibited and won awards internationally, is held in Pittsburgh's Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, several notable florilegia and private collections. Elaine loves to teach both face-to-face and via distance learning.

www.paintbotanical.com

£12 (£9 if booked before 19 April)

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23 JUNE 2022
7pm GMT 2pm EST, 11am PST

 

THE HERBARIUM SPECIMEN
PAINTING

Rachel Pedder-Smith

Rachel will give a brief introduction into how and why she started painting from the herbarium collection at Kew which ultimately led onto the creation of the Herbarium Specimen Painting, a five metre watercolour piece which depicts one specimen to represent each flowering plant family.  Rachel will explain the stories behind the piece and discuss her techniques and some failures which happened along the way. 

Rachel is a well-established Natural History Illustrator. She studied at Royal College of Art for her MA and PhD and has four gold medals from the Royal Horticultural Society. Rachel’s paintings have been adapted into Liberty Art fabric designs, she has had three solo shows in London and has been part of numerous group exhibitions worldwide.

www.rachelpeddersmith.com  www.rachelpeddersmithdesigns.co.uk

£12 (£9 if booked before 23 May)

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21 JULY 2022
7pm GMT 2pm EST, 11am PST

 

FROM ZERO TO HERO

Jarnie Godwin

 

How do you journey from beginner to award-winning botanical artist? In this talk Jarnie shares her own inspirational experience of learning a new skill and taking it through to exhibition and beyond. Pick up all of Jarnie's top tips for building confidence, setting goals, staying motivated, and planning a series for exhibition.

Jarnie paints realistic, detailed, and vibrant botanical watercolours. She has been a teacher, a graphic designer, and received a formal training in Architecture. Her work combines structure and detail, with precision and realism at its heart, while her passion lies in vivid colour, detail and capturing beautiful, but not always perfect, flowers and plants.

jarniegodwinart.com  instagram.com/jarniegodwinart

£12 (£9 if booked before  21 June)

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OTHER 2022 TALKS

Details to follow, but other artists booked include:

15 SEPTEMBER Deborah Lambkin   BOOK HERE  

13 OCTOBER Lucy Smith   BOOK HERE  

17 NOVEMBER Katherine Tyrrell   BOOK HERE  

15 DECEMBER Artists Together   BOOK HERE  

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS

You will need good internet bandwidth and a basic understanding of Zoom. (Your video and audio will automatically be turned off). 

ZOOM ADVICE HERE

 

It is not possible to give technical support during the talk.

PAYMENT

Payment is taken via Paypal though you don’t need a PayPal account as there is a 'Pay by debit or credit card' option.

 

LINK

Zoom will then send you a unique meeting link. (and reminder, both 24 hours and one hour before the event.) 

RECORDING

The talk will be recorded and a link sent to you a day after the live session. You will then have a further 48 hours or so to revisit or view the talk.

SMALL PRINT

If there are major technical difficulties during a talk, it may be rescheduled. 
(It hasn't happened yet!)