Lets Talk about Botanical Sensu strictissimo or maybe stricto, or lato, or even amplo!
In ABBA Forum
Jul 27, 2020
First, I really enjoyed the in depth look at the terms. It was very well researched and equally well written. Thanks! As for the questions you pose, for me work labeled as botanical, whether illustration or art, should be true to the botany of the subject. Whether strict illustration or more aesthetic art (although I find aesthetic qualities in both), the painting should depict the subject correctly. I find this is not always true in pieces one would label flower or floral paintings (or still life - another term to consider) where often 'liberties' may be taken to improve color complementation, to offer what one 'expects' to see, or to skip the bits that do not enhance the painting. For me, then, I would hope to find the more accurate practices of botanical illustration and botanical art on the ABBA site, with inclusion of botany and ecology discussion as well.