Posts Tagged ‘Botanical illustration’

This post is as much a celebration for me as it is a way to reconnect with readers of Eastern Shore Gardener. I mailed my manuscript for Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping to the publisher, the University of North Carolina Press, this afternoon! While I still have photo editing to do, and there is lots left to do before the manuscript becomes a book, today certainly is a milestone.

I am looking forward to being able to get back out in the garden with a clear conscience and free of the deadline pressures that I have been under for a year.


Harley helping with mis-printed pages. (Sorry this isn’t a better picture, but she was not really interested in holding the pages still.)


UPCOMING EVENT: I also wanted to mention that the botanical illustration class I attend is having a show at the Chestertown Library. The show will be up for the month of April, and we are hosting a reception this Friday, April 5, from 5 to 8 p.m.. I hope some of you can stop by and say “hello!”



Here it is: Three copies and 14 pounds.


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If you are interesting in taking Fran Phaneuf’s class in botanical illustration, but want a better idea of what kind of painting we are doing, come to the First Friday opening of the “Unfurled” exhibit at the River Arts Gallery in Chestertown, Maryland. Fran has put together a small exhibit of her own work, plus pieces from the class, and I’m happy to say that two of my paintings are in it! She has also written up a description of the class/workshop, which is open to everyone. Beginners are welcome! The exhibit will be up for about two weeks if you can’t make it Friday night.

The class is Wednesday mornings at Heron Point from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Fran and I will both be at the First Friday opening. Hope to see some of you there!


Above: Ilex opaca, American holly, by Barbara W. Ellis, which isn’t one of the paintings in the show!

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It seems like ages since I last posted, but my Chesapeake Gardening & Landscaping book continues to demand all of my time.  I did want to write a short post to make sure everyone was aware of a few upcoming events.



Above: Here’s a taste of the pictures that will appear in the book I am working on. I’m thankful to have photographer Neil Soderstrom on the project!

First off is the Sunday, September 30 symposium, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at Adkins Arboretum with  Thomas Rainer and Dan Benarcik. You can read the full details about this event on the Eastern Shore Gardener Calendar page. There’s still room, and it promises to be a great event. I’m signed up, and I hope to see some of you there!

I have been taking botanical illustration from Fran Phaneuf for about a year now, and she has a class starting up (beginners welcome!) on Wednesday mornings in October through River Arts. They don’t have the class listed on the Upcoming Classes page of their website, but if you are interested, send me an e-mail and I can put you in touch with Fran. She is also lecturing in Oxford, Maryland on Thursday, October 4, on “Botanical Art: A Continuing Tradition.” Details are in the calendar.

While this exhibit is slightly out of the realm of gardening, Kohl Gallery at Washington College has an exhibit from October 9 to November30 entitled “In Pursuit of Beauty: John James Audubon and the Golden Age of Bird Illustration.” It promises to be fascinating. Gallery hours are on the calendar.

Finally, also at Washington College in Chestertown, John Beardsley, director of landscape studies at Dumbarton Oaks, is lecturing on ” Art in the Environment – Sketches from the Field” on October 17 at 5:00 p.m. at the Decker Theater. For more details, again, see the calendar!

And now, back to my book!

Happy Gardening! (In my case, this fall the theme should read “Happy Ivy Killing, but more on that in a future post!)


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