Returned home yesterday after visiting the 2011 SBA exhibition at Westminster Halls on Saturday 16th April. After sharing the train with the Manchester United and City supporters I was pretty relieved to finally arrive at Westminster albeit quite late in the day. There's so much to take in at the exhibition and I should have been there for longer to do the show justice. As always the standard was high with lots of amazing work which included a central display dedicated to illustrations of various plants from all corners of the globe titled 'The World of Plants' - A few of my favourites this year include: Jacky Jousson - for me he's one of the best botanical painters and the way he handles the light is truly amazing! Fiona Strickland's use of colour is fabulous, Julia Trickey's paintings are technically perfect and very beautiful, Billy Showell's design based botanicals always bring something that's very refreshing to the genre. I also saw Sigrid Frensen 's work for the first time and it really is lovely - particularly the Pelargonium sidiodes.
I had 4 works on display, three of which were assignments from the SBA course. Next year I hope to paint something specifically for the exhibition....but what?
My Ceritficate for the SBA Diploma
It was also the graduation for course 6 of the SBA Distance Learning Diploma Course on the 15th at the Art Workers Guild in Bloomsbury. Unfortunately this didn't go to plan and I missed it! After a hectic week visiting family in Staffordshire I headed to London but for some reason convinced myself that the graduation was later than the time printed on the invite! This wouldn't have mattered too much but I also managed to miss the earlier train, then got lost! Logistics are not a strong point! I finally arrived a bit red faced and almost 90 mins late! just enough time to have a quick chat with Margaret Stevens and collected my diploma before heading back feeling rather stupid.....never mind some things just aren't meant to be!
Welcome to my blog, here you can find out about my botanical artwork and online tuition. You'll find some general information on painting, drawing as well as a bit of science.
I've been a freelance artist and illustrator for most of my working life. That's 30+ years! I hold a BSc in Biology, a Diploma in Botanical Art and studied some IT. I also worked in education along the way before returning to painting full time.
Writing this blog, I hope helps others but also helps to motivate me - it adds some order to the sometimes chaotic and solitary life of an artist.
For info on my classes: www.botanicalart-online.com and website of my work www.diannesutherland.com