Our native Holly, Ilex aquifolium, decked out in its distinctive red fruits brings to mind winter weather, festive gatherings and decorative wreaths. It has been used for centuries to protect homes from evil spirits and as a fertility symbol, indeed the Romans sent Holly branches with presents during the festival of Saturnalia. Various names of… Continue reading The Holly and….
My name is Lesley Edmondson and I recently had two paintings, (Carline thistle and Autumn gentian), in the ABBA exhibition, which was wonderful to be a part of. My painting of Carline thistle was at first a joy and then somewhat a toil to paint, just because I had to keep climbing UP the hill behind… Continue reading Carline Thistle – Lesley Edmondson
Recording wild plants by drawing and painting in watercolour is something I have been doing since I was a teenager. The most important part of the process for me is to convey the life and habit of the plant, something which birdwatchers refer to as the ‘gizz’ of the species. To do this one needs… Continue reading Drawing Native Plants – Annie Morris
Once I’d decided I wanted to enter a botanical illustration for the British Botanical Art Exhibition it was a matter of deciding what illustration(s) to enter. I’m a full-time freelance botanical illustrator, so had quite a few completed illustrations to mull over. My first thought was to submit a Sphagnum moss illustration as I’d recently… Continue reading Heath Rush – Lizzie Harper
Iris Pseudacorus (Yellow Flag Iris) is a species in the genus Iris, of the family Iridaceae. It is an herbaceous flowering perennial plant that grows best in very wet conditions and is often common in wetlands. Living near Hampton Court I have spent many hours walking in and near the Palace grounds, especially in Bushy… Continue reading Yellow Flag Iris – Helen Cavalli
Prunus spinosa – Blackthorn As Archie Miles in his book ‘Silva’ writes; “In much the same fashion as other small and shrubby trees of the hedgerow, blackthorn is frequently present but seldom noticed.” However in March and April it dominates the English countryside with its dense clouds of pure white blossom. I wanted to celebrate this… Continue reading Blackthorn – Christine Battle
After doing a variety of different art courses which looked at different techniques and styles Maggie found she really enjoyed botanical illustration. The precision of depicting plants appealed and she decided the way to improve her work and get expert guidance would be to enrol onto the distance learning diploma with the Society of Botanical Artists. … Continue reading The Crab Apple – Maggie Martin