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BOTANICAL ART TALK SHORTS

View short extracts from recent online talks by leading botanical artists

I first began hosting one-hour online talks during the Pandemic to connect those inspired by botanical art at every level, whether beginner or professional artist, as well as to make a living and support my fellow speakers at an otherwise difficult time.

 

Every presentation is unique in style, reflecting the personality and interests of each artist and is richly illustrated with examples of artwork and/or technique demonstrations, followed by the opportunity for Q&A. These talks now attract an audience from over 35 countries worldwide.

Below you can view short extracts from recent talks for free. If you have been a regular supporter of the Talks,

I hope these clips remind you of the leading artists introduced to you, from all around the world. And, if you

are not familiar with the Talks, I hope this gives a taster of what they are about.

If you enjoy these clips why not check out the upcoming speakers HERE, where you can watch the presentations

in full and attend live if you'd like to interact with the speaker or watch a recording during the week following

the live event.

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GETTING GREAT RESULTS FROM COLOURED PENCILS - Janie Pirie

Janie describes the various coloured pencils techniques used to create her beautiful and very painterly pieces of botanical art. She illustrates her talk with images of finished artwork as well as live demonstrations. 

Here you can see a short extract from her talk, aired live on 8th February 2024.

Janie specialises in floral and botanical art using coloured pencils. Her meticulously drawn and striking compositions have immensely accurate detail together with great depth and a rich intensity of colour. She has received awards for her work including two RHS gold medals. Janie teaches extensively across the UK

www.janiepirie.co.uk

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NATURE PRINT - THE ARTIST AT PLAY- Yanny Petters

Yanny outlines the history of Nature Print - an old form of illustrating plants by printing directly from the plants themselves. She shares her own explorations, discoveries and processes and delightful results.

Here you can see a short extract from her talk, aired live on 22nd February 2024.

Yanny Petters loves to explore different mediums and techniques. While her work is mostly painted on glass, she has been exploring Nature Print as a way of capturing plants for many years. Her paintings are in a number of important collections including the Shirley Sherwood Collection, the Office of Public Works Collection, and The National Botanic Gardens, Dublin.

www.yannypetters.net  |  https://www.instagram.com/yannypetters

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DEPICTING TREES IN INK - Pamela Taylor

Pamela has found pen and ink an ideal medium for depicting the contrasting textures of the bark, twigs and foliage. Her talk includes stories behind the depicted trees as she talked about her projects.

Here you can see a short extract from her talk, aired live on 7th March 2024.

Pamela trained as a botanist and over the years has used pen and ink sketches to illustrate natural history articles that she has written for local papers and magazines. She is a fellow of the SBA and a founder member of ABA. In 2022 she was awarded a RHS silver-gilt medal for her exhibit Trees: Structure and Form. Her work has been accepted for the 17th International Exhibition of Botanical Art at the Hunt Institute.

www.pamelataylorbotanicalartist.com

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BOTANICAL SKETCHBOOKS - Lucy T Smith

The botanical sketchbook is an artist’s essential workbook. Lucy discusses the wide range of techniques and projects covered in her book on the subject and details some of the work that went into creating the studies featured in it. 

Here you can see a short extract from Lucy's talk, aired live on 21st March 2024.

Lucy T Smith is an international award-winning botanical artist and illustrator. A freelance botanical artist for Kew Gardens for the past 24 years, hundreds of her illustrations have been published in scientific journals and books. Her work is held in important collections, including the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

www.lucytsmith.com | www.instagram.com/palmsmithy

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BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION FOR PACKAGING - Sarah Jane Humprey
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Sarah talks through a range of projects, explaining the process from start to finish and giving advice and tips for those that might want to work as commercial botanical illustrators.

Here you can see a short extract from Sarah's talk, aired live on 4th April 2024.

Sarah has over 25 years of experience working commercially as a professional illustrator. With many clients commissioning her for packaging projects, across a wide array of genres. These have included luxury brands, distilleries, clients in the cosmetics industries, homeware and food packaging. 

www.sarahjanehumprey.com | www.instagram.com/sarahgalerie

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EXPLORING BOTANICAL COLLAGE - Penny Brown

Penny shares the inspiration behind her cut-paper images of flowers and plants and shows us the process and tools she uses to produce her award-winning artworks.

Here you can see a short extract from Penny's talk, aired live on18th April 2024.

Penny has always worked as a professional artist, initially as a theatre designer, then as an illustrator. Natural History commissions led her to botanical painting and drawing. She exhibits widely and is a fellow of The Society of Botanical Artists and a tutor on their Distance Learning Course, where her best-selling book, ‘Botanical Drawing’ is a set text. 

 

pennybrownillustrations.com

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PAINTING WITH WATERCOLOURS & INK FROM PHOTOGRAPHS - Julia Patience

Julia explains how she manipulates photographs to make a perfect composition using Photoshop tools and how inks give more intensity to her watercolour paintings.

Here you can see a short extract from Julia's talk, aired live on 2nd May 2024.

After a thirty-year career in graphics and illustration, Julia's decision to paint full-time coincided with a move to Hong Kong for six years, where she could devote all her time to painting and where her love of exotic flowers bloomed. She became a Fellow member of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) in 2016 and has exhibited internationally with them. She has now spent five years as an SBA council member.

www.juliapatience.com  |  www.instagram.com/julia.patience

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THE POWER OF PLACE: PLANT COMMUNITIES - Lara Call Gastinger

Lara encourages us to explore and depict plant communities rather than just single plants, sharing lots of ideas and examples for layered compositions from her own portfolio. 

Here you can see a short extract from Lara's talk, aired live on 16th May 2024.

Based in Charlottesville, Virginia, Lara was the chief illustrator of the botanical reference book 'Flora of Virginia’. As well as a degree in Biology and a master's degree in Plant Ecology she has two RHS gold medals (2007, 2018) and work in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Lara has gained international recognition for her inspiring 'perpetual journal’.


www.laracallgastinger.com  |  www.instagram.com/laragastinger

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LICHENS IN THE LIMELIGHT - Christiane Fashek

Christiane describes her process of capturing lichens on paper: from collecting and scaling up to identification and rendering.

Here you can see a short extract from Christiane's talk, aired live on 30th May 2024.

Lichens are the focus of Christiane’s recent work and coloured pencil her preferred medium. Christiane is an instructor at various botanical gardens and offers workshops virtually and in person. She was awarded ASBA’s 2022 Esther Plotnick Artist Grant to teach primary school students about lichens and botanical art and is the recipient of ASBA’s 2023 Lizzie Sanders New Artist Award. 

www.instagram.com/christianefashek www.instagram.com/lichensinthelimelight

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3 October - Helen Cousins

17 October - Sue Wickison

31 October - François Sockhom Mey

2024 Speakers to October

2 July - Charlotte Brooks

11 July - Úrsula Romero

25 July - Crystal Shin

8 August - Isik Guner

22 August - Susannah Blaxill

5 September - IAPI

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PREVIOUS SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Julia Trickey, Elaine Searle, Laura Silburn, Sarah Gould, Mary Dillon, Ann Swan, Helen Allen, Transylvania School of Botanic Art, Martin Allen, Işik Güner, Sue Wickison, Deborah Lambkin, Mary Ellen Taylor, Lucy T Smith, Simon Williams, Carol Woodin, Chris Thorogood, Sarah Jane Humphrey, Rui Jiang, RHS Show exhibitors, Carrie Di Costanzo, Sarah Morrish, Mariella Baldwin, Katherine Tyrrell, Yanny Petters, Lara Call Gastinger, Gill Condy, Rogerio Lupo, Janie Pirie, Pamela Taylor, Penny Brown, Julia Patience Eden Project Florilegium Society John Pastoriza-Piñol, Wendy Hollender, Shevaun Doherty, Esmée Winkel, Margaret Saylor, Denise Walsar-Kolar, Asuka Hishiki, Bridget Gillespie, Bobbi Angell, Christiane Fashek.

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