Sep
12
to Oct 25

Seeing Green: An Exhibition of Botanical Art

This exhibition at The Gallery at the Connecticut Cancer Foundation in Old Saybrook features 12 botanical artists, and mostly botanical artworks but some other natural history subjects as well. Curated by Marsha Malinowski of Malinowski Associates, Fine Art Advisory, the exhibition “brings together the best examples of botanical art in varied mediums by some o the most respected artists in this field.” Artists included are Jeanette Compton (CT),Jean Emmons (WA), Monika deVries Gohlke (NY), Carrie Di Costanzo (NJ) Gaye Grossman (NY), Cristine Piane (FL), Kelly Radding (CT), Jeanne Reiner (CT), Deborah Shaw (CA) , Anastasia Traina (NY), and Carol. For more info see Connecticut Cancer Foundation’s website here.

Two Orchids II ©2019 Watercolor on vellum over panel

Two Orchids II ©2019 Watercolor on vellum over panel

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Sep
5
6:00 PM18:00

Botanical Art and Cocktails at the Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden - Sold Out

Join us for a night of drawing in the Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden, at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Staff at the Museum will give a short lecture on the folklore and historical uses of medicinal plants in the collection, then Carol will give a brief lecture/demo on the basics of drawing botanical subjects. Participants will then head out into the garden to draw! At 8pm participants will create cocktails with herbs from the garden! Find info here.

The Yellow Baton (Ranunculus)

The Yellow Baton (Ranunculus)

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Jun
20
to Jun 22

Master Class in Orchids in Watercolor at Filoli

In June, I’ll be teaching a 3-day workshop at Filoli, the beautiful estate garden in Woodside, California. We’ll be using their orchids as subjects for the class, and students have a choice of working on vellum or watercolor paper. A three-day class allows us to make much greater progress, and I’ll give a vellum stretching demo as part of the class. Create rich color through multiple layers of watercolor dry brush to capture the shaded form and surface qualities so characteristic of orchids. I look forward to seeing you there! Find info here. Filoli’s website lists classes by date.

Telepogon hutchinsonii , watercolor on vellum over panel ©CWoodin 2014

Telepogon hutchinsonii, watercolor on vellum over panel ©CWoodin 2014

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May
17
9:00 AM09:00

Exploring spring bulbs and roots in Minnesota in May

While we’re all enraptured by the beautiful flowers of spring bulbs, we’ll look below for our subject in this class. In this one day immersion, we'll learn to capture the anchors that feed and hold the flowers and leaves - their bulbs and roots. Avoid formulaic depiction of roots, and use them to add weight to your paintings. Using earth tones, warm and cool colors, small bulbs with roots will be explored first by making a graphite rendering, then by painting in watercolor either on paper or vellum. 

To register, go to the website for Minnesota School of Botanical Art here for more information. ASBA’s Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora exhibition will be holding opening events the following day at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in Chaska, MN. Find information on the opening and the celebration of the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art here.

Cropped image of tulips, showing bulbs and roots. ©Carol Woodin

Cropped image of tulips, showing bulbs and roots. ©Carol Woodin

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May
9
to Aug 13

Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens

This Fourth New York Botanical Garden Triennial, jointly curated with the American Society of Botanical Artists, travels from the Tucson Botanical Garden in Arizona to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum in May. The arboretum will be holding events to celebrate the Worldwide Day of Botanical Art on May 18. My painting in this juried exhibition of 43 artworks is Yellow Magnolia, which I studied at NYBG on an early spring day.

Find more info here.

Yellow Magnolia,  Magnolia  ‘Elizabeth’ watercolor on vellum

Yellow Magnolia, Magnolia ‘Elizabeth’ watercolor on vellum

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Feb
1
to May 5

Botanical Art Worldwide: America's Flora at Missouri Botanical Garden

This exhibition opened at the United States Botanic Garden in May, and is a collaborative effort by 25 countries around the world. Each country launched an exhibition, and presented a slideshow of the works in all other countries' exhibitions. America’s Flora is now traveling through the end of 2019 to highlight contemporary botanical art and botanical diversity. See the Botanical Art Worldwide website here. My painting that has been accepted for the show is Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubescens.

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Sep
16
to Jan 6

Journey of Plants

Museum De Buitenplaats

Patty Wageman, Director, Eelde, The Netherlands


An exhibition of seven artists' work from around the world to illuminate the journey of plants through botanical art. Artists included are: Beverly Allen, Australia, Helen Allen, UK, Mieko Ishikawa, Japan, Jee-yeon Koo, Korea, Vicki Thomas, South Africa, Anita Walsmit-Sachs, the Netherlands, and Carol Woodin, US. 

Zea mays 'Glass Gem', watercolor on Kelmscott vellum, ©2018 C.Woodin  I grew this Glass Gem corn so I could paint it. I had seen it in photos and the color seemed beyond belief. True to form though, it ripened in rainbow colors, in a variety of combinations, each ear different. It takes a long time to ripen in NY State, but a few ears did ripen before winter. And I went out to the garden in February when there was a brief melt-off of snow, to clean up the standing stalks of corn. What a surprise to find beautiful colorful ears of corn still on the stalks!

Zea mays 'Glass Gem', watercolor on Kelmscott vellum, ©2018 C.Woodin

I grew this Glass Gem corn so I could paint it. I had seen it in photos and the color seemed beyond belief. True to form though, it ripened in rainbow colors, in a variety of combinations, each ear different. It takes a long time to ripen in NY State, but a few ears did ripen before winter. And I went out to the garden in February when there was a brief melt-off of snow, to clean up the standing stalks of corn. What a surprise to find beautiful colorful ears of corn still on the stalks!

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Aug
4
to Aug 5

Workshop at US Botanic Garden Painting August Edibles

Join us for this two-day workshop in watercolor on vellum at the beautiful US Botanic Garden on the Mall in Washington, DC. August brings a delightful harvest of fruits and vegetables that we anticipate all year long. I'll be cutting stems with peaches and plums from my own trees, and we'll get beautiful ripe tomatoes from the USBG's own kitchen garden as subjects. These are such enticing subjects for paintings, with their nuanced colors, imperfections, and roundish form. Through drybrush layering, capture the bloom, fuzz, or glossy surfaces of these fresh fruits.  Through demonstration and individual attention, participants will learn to use vellum’s special surface and warm color to its greatest advantage in creating focused portraits, including bits of leaf and stem. Then feast on your subject! USBG link to workshop.

Purple plum, watercolor on vellum 6" x 5"

Purple plum, watercolor on vellum 6" x 5"

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Dec
14
to Apr 22

Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens

This exhibition, the Third NY Botanical Garden Triennial, curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists, documents trees from botanical gardens and arboreta around the world. It features 43 artworks from 40 artists. More information about the show and its travel schedule can be found on ASBA's website here: http://asba-art.org/exhibitions/out-woods.

 

 

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