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SBA Award 2017

Wonderful wonderful wonderful, and yes again wonderful. I was lucky to go along to the Society of Botanical Artists exhibition held in London at the Westminster Gallery in the shadow of the Houses of Parliament, to judge the ArtistPapers Strathmore Bursary for 2017.

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I judged a couple of years ago and was totally blown away by the quality, range and breadth of nature covered.

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It was the same this year, from seed pods to glorious abundant peonies, loose watercolours, tight detailed pencil work, right through to mixed media and contemporary collage and abstraction. So much imagination and talent all in one place. If you have a moment now, sign up to the SBA for updates, they will be in Frankfurt, Madrid and London in 2018.

The winner was Michelle EunYoung Song, with her gloriously detailed, delicate, intricate drawing of Poppies. I caught up with her to find out more about what inspires her, you can read it here

If you’ve wanted to try Botanical Art and don’t know where to start, or a seasoned [excuse the pun, Ed.], why not try the SBA Distance Learning Diploma Course, which will help develop your skills over 27 months. It is open to students worldwide.

If you are a botanical artist you might be interested in reading an article by botanical artist and SBA member and tutor, Simon Williams. 

If you are wondering which paper to try, Simon tells you which Strathmore Paper he uses for his work.


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