Donegal Days…

Keeping in mind the ISBA’s mission statement “to facilitate interaction amongst botanical artists in Ireland” we decided to run a bi-annual painting weekend in the north west for our members. Here, Oonagh Phillips fills us in on the latest of these weekends which happened recently.

Our Donegal Painting Weekend group has just enjoyed its fourth session, this time at The Glebe in Churchill. This time we welcomed three Donegal-based artists and five others from Wicklow, Kildare and Dublin.

Our day begins at 10am with a walk in the beautiful woodland gardens beside Lough Gartan to choose our plants, and everyone gets down to work straight away.

redCurator Adrian Kelly couldn’t be more accommodating and drops in a couple of times a day to see if we have everything we need and we do!  Each person brings a packed lunch and there is tea and coffee on the go throughout the day so we can have a break to discuss our work and have a chat.

Niamh Harding Millar, professional art teacher and one of our group, kindly offered a watercolour and colour pencil session this time.  She brought colour charts and talked to anyone who had questions on colour theory, thanks so much to Niamh for doing that.

leafOur next session will take place at The Glebe on May 6 and 7, 2017 and is available to all members.  This event is free of charge.

A busy autumn for ISBA artists

It has been a busy autumn for some of our members! Here’s a quick round-up of what’s been happening:

Botanical artists from around the world gathered in Pittsburgh in October for the Annual Meeting and Conference of the American Society of Botanical Artists. The event coincides this year with the 15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration at the prestigious Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. We are delighted and proud that Ligularia dentata by ISBA artist and committee member Siobhán Larkin was selected for this important exhibition and we congratulate her.

Ligularia dentata by Siobhan Larkin

Ligularia dentata by Siobhán Larkin. (Photo: Shevaun Doherty)

Siobhán works in coloured pencil and watercolour, and recently won an award at the Irish Watercolour Society exhibition in Dublin.  Another ISBA artist, Shevaun Doherty, is among the artists invited to the ASBA Conference to demonstrate ‘Mastering Beautiful Bloom on Fruit in Watercolour’. Mary Dillon is also attending and spreading the word about botanical art in Ireland. Thanks to Shevaun and Mary for sending us photos.


Siobhan’s work on display at the Hunt Exhibition. (Photo: Mary Dillon)


Teasel for finches, November by Yanny Petters

Congratulations also to ISBA member Yanny Petters whose Teasel for finches, November will join the prestigious art collection of Dr Shirley Sherwood at the Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew, London. The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art is the first gallery in the world dedicated solely to botanical art. This painting is part of Yanny’s very successful solo exhibition–“Come with me, I’ll show you something beautiful” / “Komm mit mir, Ich zeig’ Dir ‘was Schönes”–at the Olivier Cornet Gallery in Dublin, featuring her exquisite Verre Églomisé paintings. The exhibition continues until 6 November, so if you are in Dublin, do make a point of viewing the exhibition. You can see photos from the exhibition opening on Yanny’s Facebook page @YannyPettersBotanicalArtist

Another ISBA member, Ida Mitrani, is one of the artists whose work features in the Lines of Negotiation exhibition in the Lexicon in Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, running until 05 November. Congratulations to Ida, whose work Totality was bought by Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Arts Office for their public collection.

Totality by Ida Mitrani

Totality by Ida Mitrani

The second Art in the Garden exhibition took place in October (9th to 16th) in Tourin House, Co. Waterford (the first of these exhibitions was held in the National Botanic Gardens in 2014, featuring art work based on the Kilmacurragh Gardens).  Close to thirty artists had work in the exhibition, in various media; almost a third of the artists were ISBA members. The exhibition was opened by Patricia Butler, Art Historian (who wrote the forward for our own Aibítir catalogue). Well done to all!