Friday, 14 August 2015

Win books: 'A New Flowering' by Shirley Sherwood plus two more

Help Sibonelo Chiliza do Ann Swan's Course in November 2015

Gillian Condy has been given three beautiful botanical art books that the donor has agreed can be raffled to raise funds to help Sibonelo attend Ann Swan's course in November.

Sibonelo is one of South Africa's most talented botanical artists and our only African artist. His preferred medium is colour pencil and graphite. Although he is a trained textile designer he has primarily trained himself to master the pencils.

Ann Swan is probably the world's most recognised teacher of colour pencil art. She is being brought to South Africa by The Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa to run two workshops, one in Gauteng and one in Cape Town, in November 2015.

The New Flowering – 100 years of Botanical Art
by Dr Shirley Sherwood
The Smallest Kingdom
by Mike and Liz Fraser
The Golden Age of Botanical Art
by Martin Rix
Tickets R25 each
Tickets R25 each
Tickets R50 each

Contact Gillian Condy : or 076 395 2956

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Botanical Art Workshops Early September - book now

​One of South Africa's most talented young botanical artists, Angela Beaumont, will be presenting botanical art workshops in Gauteng in early September.
Angela has illustrated many scientific manuscripts with her fine pen-and-ink line drawings and has had a number of colour plates published in the prestigious journal Flowering Plants of Africa. She obtained her PhD (Botany) from the University of Natal and has been an active freelance botanical and wildlife artist for many years.
You are invited to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to interact with a brilliant teacher, who will bring fresh ideas from another region, all at the very reasonable rate of only R800 for a two-day workshop.
Bookings through
Workshop themes will depen,d on available plant material, but will include
·         transparent finishes;
·         capturing bloom;
·         interpreting structures and growth patterns.
Pretoria (15 places only)​
Date: 04 - 05 September
Venue: National Herbarium, SANBI, Pretoria
Time: 09:30 – 15:30
Cost: R800.00*
Johannesburg (10 places only)​
Date:07- 08 September
Venue: Lecture Theatre, Rochester Place, 173 Rivonia Rd, Sandton
Time: 09:30 – 15:30
Cost: R800.00*
A materials list will be sent to artists who book, once payment has been received.
Tea and coffee will be available, but please bring your own lunchbox.
*We request that you pay by EFT only. If paying by cash deposit or cheque deposit please add R25 to the above fee to cover bank charges.

Friday, 7 August 2015


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Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy 9 days of art, culture, food and music, exploring the creative side of the city!

Thursday, 6 August 2015

Looking forward to Ann Swan coming to SA

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'Larger than Life II'
Sharing progress on the second of these new 'larger than life' pictures.  These are twice life size (approx.) Italian Nectarines. This has taken me...

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

Heritage Trees of Kew Gardens

The very popular Heritage Trees exhibition at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art will close its doors after the 9th August. Visit the Gallery now for your last chance to view this stunning series of new paintings by Kew artist Masumi Yamanaka, inspired by the beauty of the rare and iconic champion trees that grow at Kew, some of which date back to 1762.
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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Cruising the Amazon forest

Reflections in the Rio Negro
BAASA Gauteng members turned out on a very frosty Saturday morning to listen to a delightful illustrated talk by Gill Condy, aided and abetted by Sally Townshend and Bridget Dunseith. Did you know that brazil nuts cannot be cultivated anywhere other than in their indigenous ecological system as the pollinator and tree have extremely limited and very fascinating ecological niches? Google it if you don't believe this. And this was just one of the very fascinating snippets we learned on the day.