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Purely Botanical? - Fuzzy Edges!
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Nov 13, 2020
Thank you Martin for putting together and presenting a very stimulating talk. It was lovely to see some of the work from the exhibition being used to illustrate the talk and used to draw attention to different aspects of paintings that we may not have previously observed. I will look at botanical art in a new way now. Lots of points were raised to discuss and this is a couple that I wanted to comment on. I like the idea of botanical illustration being the starting point for botanical art and I think that is important as it ensures that a plant is accurately portrayed. But I do get a bit frustrated that botanical art has to be considered within the bounds of scientific classification. As botanical artists do we need to be restricted by the rigours of science. Botanical art is a celebration of plants and personally I feel should include things that support their existence. Fungi and lichen were vital in helping plants establish on land and even now fungi are so important to plant life. What about parasitic plants, red algae, where do they sit? Then of course there are the pollinators..... I know it’s a mine field but I think, as Martin said, as long as they are not the main focus of the painting it can work. I take on board Martin’s point that the painting of a single leaf may be considered more art then botanical art. However, I feel that a lot of people starting out in the area find painting a whole plant quite daunting. Getting to grips with the paint and the colour is challenging in itself let alone the plant. To study a leaf with all its intricacies I think is a great way to start. ABBA’s ethos is to encourage and support all abilities so personally I would like to see them included in exhibitions.
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