Saturday, 7 July 2018

PlantLife: Botanical Art Journal

A message to BAASA members from Graham Grieve,
the new e
ditor of the journal, PlantLife:

The Dawn of the Digital Edition is coming!
Dawn at Msikaba River mouth
The journal, 'PlantLife' up to now has been a glossy, hard copy journal published rather infrequently in recent years. I am taking it back to its origins as a more informal means of communication between amateur plant lovers and botanists.
It is to become a free-subscription fully electronic journal and I expect the first edition to be "published" around the end of July 2018.
You can subscribe by going to the PlantLife South Africa's website and fill in your email details in the "Follow by email" box.

I would like to encourage BAASA members to use PlantLife as a place to showcase their work. If any BAASA member would like to contribute, they can contact me at
For more information follow the link below: 

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Public's Choice Competition at the Botanic Art Worldwide Exhibition 2018

Public's Choice First Prize winner, Ingrid Howes,
with her vibrant portrait of Carissa macrocarpa

We have always wanted to run a ‘Public’s Choice competition’ during one of our exhibitions, so we were delighted that we managed to do it this time.
Ingrid Howes found us some wonderful prizes from Herbert Evans, Johannesburg’s major art store, who in turn approached a few of their suppliers, including Winsor and Newton, Faber Castell and Arches.
The response was wonderful with around 900 entries and interestingly, the results see-sawed from week to week. Here are the final results:

Ingrid Howes               Carisa macrocarpa      39 votes    Winsor & Newton field watercolour set
                                     BAW 109

Gail de Smidt              Scadoxus puniceu       35 votes      R1000.00 voucher from Herbert Evans
                                     BAW 066

Farhat Iqbal                 Strelitzia nicholai          27 votes      Faber-Castell colour pencil set
                                     BAW 123

Sibonelo Chiliza          Strelitzia nicholai          24 votes      Arches pad of paper
                                     BAW 037

Sibonelo Chiliza          Scadoxus puniceus       24 votes
                                     BAW 038

Janet Snyman              Gasteria rawlinsonii     22 votes
                                     BAW 201

Janet Snyman              Cheiridopsis speciosa  20 votes
                                     BAW 199

Jenny Hyde Johnston   Adenium multiflorum   19 votes
                                      BAW 120

Elbe Joubert                  Erythrina latissima      19 votes
                                       BAW 127

Eric Judd                       Adansonia digitata      18 votes
                                       BAW 133

Congratulations everyone on your beautiful paintings!
The public member winning draw was Keith. He wins Shirley Sherwood and Martyn Rix’s book, ‘Treasures of Botanical Art’.
To our prize winners, congratulations and enjoy your prizes!