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  • Botanical Painting with Gouache, new book by Simon Williams

    Artist, Simon Williams has been using Strathmore Illustration Board Series 500 for Wet Media in his new book Botanical Painting with Gouache available now.

    Simon Williams Ant house on Strathmore 500 series Wet Media board

    Full of practical advice on every aspect of using gouache, each exercise guides the reader through the whole botanical painting process, breaking it down into simple, easy-to-follow stages. Strathmore Illustration board has been used for the exercises on white backgrounds with gouache and Turner acryl gouache. The book can be purchased through or for international ...

  • Society of Botanical Artists Strathmore Bursary

    Walking into the Society of Botanical Artists Annual Exhibition which opens on Friday 15th April 2016, you are greeted by a stunning swathe of colourful and creative botanical works of art.

    You continue to walk through the exhibition and it opens out to expansive and well lit walls hung with even more wonderful botanical images. The standard and quality of the paintings, drawings and prints is incredibly high and totally inspiring to artists (and buyers!). We are proud to support the Society of Botanical Artistswith our Strathmore Artist Papers Bursary for Work of Colour, an annual support to an artist's creative career.  Focussing on composition our criteria included Form (layout and composition), Subject (studying how the subject complements the whole picture), Imparting information (does it educate in some way), Feeling (is the picture emotive in some way), Personal preference (subjective view).

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  • Cheryl Wren - SBA Strathmore Artist Bursary

    Cheryl Wren won the Strathmore Artist Papers Bursary for composition and colour at the Society of Botanical Artists exhibition this year, 2016. The judging was challenging as the standard, subject and range of media was so thought-provoking. You can read about the exhibition here. The winning image has such a delicacy and interesting use of colour to accent the details of the flower studies. We caught up with Cheryl to find out more about the winning image, why she loves flowers and what media she works in. 

    cheryl wren 01 flowers of the summer moon final 5mbFirst of all, congratulations on winning the Strathmore Artist Papers Bursary at the Society of Botanical Artists exhibition this year, such a stunning and interesting piece. Can you tell us a little about it, what the composition means, where your inspiration came from, was it difficult to decide on the layout and how did you decide which flowers to include, were there any significance in

  • 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



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