Required reading: The Botanical Artist, December 2013 edition

A quick review of ASBA's journal, featuring artwork by Elaine Searle and others.

The December issue of The Botanical Artist features work by Elaine Searle on the cover.

I received my December issue of the American Society of Botanical Artists’ journal, The Botanical Artist, late Saturday. I spent Sunday afternoon devouring the contents. This has to be one of the best issues of the magazine I’ve received so far.

The cover features a watercolor of a garden rhubarb painted by British botanical artist Elaine Searle. There is a full report on the recently concluded annual society conference in Pittsburgh. Mark Isaac-Williams, the artist-in-residence at Hong Kong’s Kadoori Farm and Botanical Gardens and orchid expert, is profiled by Joyce Westner, while a brief introduction to Australian botanical art pioneer Margaret Flockton was contributed by Louise Wilson, her great-grand-niece. Rising Australian botanical art star John Patoriza-Piñol offers some tips on the use of masking fluid (I love the term “smooshing” brush!).

All this, plus the usual informative round of articles on botany, watercolor chemistry and peeks into other artists’ studios!

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