Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Butterflies in Kew Gardens

Comet moth on a Trachycarpus


On Sunday, I popped into the Princess of Wales conservatory to see the butterflies and moths which Kew staff released earlier in the summer. It was such an amazing sight to behold - butterflies everywhere! They would flutter all around you, it was like something out of Alice in Wonderland. Most of these species were tropical, and there was a fantastic pupa case with all the cocoon's lined up, dangling from planks of wood. From the window you could watch the newly hatched butterflies make their escape from the little papery cases.

Amazing.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Flowers in August

SBA Assignment 4 (Flowers in August): 7.67/10

Now finished... The Iris has its colour now, and the Campanula's have more layers on them, as do the Dandelion flowers and clover. I hate submitting coursework at the best of times, but these illustrations really stress me out! You can loose good marks just for a splodge or an accidental splash. I have a problem with this particular piece because the vanish on the board I stretched the paper on has come off, staining the back brown. I will no doubt loose marks for this, and that really annoys me, because obviously I only found this out after I have finished the piece (and removed it from the board). Tough times, but least the front is ok :)

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Rather a lot of Jessies

Along with trying to get 'Flowers in August' finished by the 22nd (it is a piece of coursework for the SBA course which comes with a deadline), I am trying to complete a sampler which I am making for some friends. They are getting married on the 11th September, so this really needs to be completed soon as well. The race is on! So this is the 'free-hand' sampler so far:




The sampler (48 x 65cm) with a months work left to do on it.


Take special note of the names - this is no sewing error. I too, am frequently known as Jessie, but when I am with these two, my name becomes 'Jess', (hence signage on the sampler) in order to prevent confusion. And in conversation, we always refer to ourselves as: Mr Jesse, Mrs Jessie or Miss Jessie (me). There are also a couple of other Jessica's in the group who occasionally pop up, and on these occasions nicknames are the only solution.

Detail of Percy the Peacock at Kew Gardens

Monday, 9 August 2010

Exhibition take down

Taking down 'Old and New South American Botanical Art' .

Paintings on the left waiting to go back to their home and the white walls waiting for the next exhibition. It is all very exciting!

Sunday, 8 August 2010

Flowers in August

Next bit of work, which is still in progress... Still got quite a bit to do on the Iris, Campanula, Clover, Bindweed and Dandelion.