Slideshow Artwork


Louise Chenier

Dawn Dougall

Susan Filshie

Gail Finlayson

Jackie Gallagher

Yvonne Gaudet

Anita Granger

Susan Greenbloom

Cherin Harris-Tuck

Jannis Hare

Lyndel Hill

Ann Honke

Jessica Hsiung

Maeve Hughes

Judith Jamieson

Stephanie Keeley-Bunting

Leslie Kirton

Diane Kowal

Bert Liverance

Deirdre Mackintosh

Elizabeth Malicki

Ev Marron

Cecilia Martin

Christine McDonald

Brenda Mitchell

Nighat Mohsin

Marguerite Nault-Kubera

Pamela Padwick

Rita-Anne Piquet

Nellie Sue Potter

Linda Read

Suzanne Sanders

Janet Shearn

Claire Sinclair

Myra Sourkes

Michael Spillane

Pamela Stagg

Judie Thompson

Barbara Van Blomestein

Patricia Williams

Suzanne Whistance-Smith

Mary Rose Woodbridge

Joan Wright

Redesigned Website

BAC members might like to explore the Hunt Institute's recently redesigned website, which contains a wealth of information on botanical documentation and illustration. The November 2014 issue of their bulletin, with an article on their current exhibition Dangerous Beauty, is available online along with previous archived bulletins going back to 1979.

Call for Entries for the 15th International Exhibition – Fall 2016

This exhibition is open to all botanical fine artists and illustrators whose work has achieved a standard of excellence and who have not yet been represented in the Hunt Institute’s series of International Exhibitions.



  • Complete and send a 15th International Intent to Submit Form via email or post by 30 January 2015.
  • Complete and send the 15th International Submission Form via email or post by 19 June 2015.

For further information refer to

lily coin silver pureThe Royal Canadian Mint has recently issued new platinum, silver and gold coins featuring designs by BAC award winning artist, Lilyane Coulombe. Lilyane's original designs of silver maple leaves, Acer saccharinum – Acer, are engraved on the platinum and gold coins and a stunning sugar maple leaf, Acer saccharum, appears on the silver coins. You can view the coins on the the Mint's website. See links below:

Platinum Coin:

Gold Coins:

Silver Coins:

You are invited to the end of year "Paint and Party" lunch at the Coloured Pencil and Watercolour Club on Wednesday, November 19th. Please bring a potluck festive or favourite dish so we can share and socialize. We supply the cutlery, linen, dishes, tea and coffee. We hope to have a good turnout at the usual location. Please RSVP if you're planning to attend.

Date & Time: November 19, 10 AM to 3 PM


In the party room (PH floor by elevator) at 2727 Yonge St, Toronto. Underground guest parking is available on the north side of the building.

To RSVP or request further information contact:

Mary Rose @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 416-443-8098

Luisa @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 416-488-3381

Sadoway Geraldine MilkweedStudents of Nellie Sue Potter, including several BAC members, are currently exhibiting their work at Swansea Town Hall. Forty-two works are on display, including a few by Nellie Sue. Come and enjoy beautiful botanical art in a variety of media: graphite, coloured pencil, watercolour and mixed media. You might even want to take a piece home as some works are for sale. Three have already sold!

Dates: October 25 - December 5, 2014

Meet the Artists Reception: December 5, 6:00-7:30 PM.

Swansea Town Hall
95 Lavinia Ave
Toronto, ON M6S 3H9


For more information, please contact Nellie Sue:

Phone:  416-797-5968

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Zinnia - Michael SpillanteThis two day workshop is ideal for those wishing to learn skills relating to botanical drawing and painting. Students will be given step-by-step instructions on how to progress through two botanical drawing and painting projects. The drawing and development process when choosing botanical subjects will be discussed, along with exercises on gesture, contour drawing and blending techniques with graphite. Emphasis on the painting side will be placed on establishing an accurate botanical painting through study of colour mixing and matching, monochromatic undertone painting, glazing and value contrast. This workshop is best suited to students with some drawing and painting experience and an interest in botanical art.

Guelph School of Art
125 Wyndham St. N
Guelph, ON

Date: Sundays – November 30 & Dec 7, 2014
Length: 2 days
10:00 am to 4:30 pm with 1 hour for lunch

To register contact:

Laura Paghal, Director 519-767-1317
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Or contact: Michael Spillane 905-891-8422
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Artist Margaret Walsh Best is holding the following fall workshops in St. John's Newfoundland.

Rosehips as Botanical Art

Rosehips will be the subject of this one-day workshop in contemporary botanical art.

Date and Time:Friday, November 7, 2014 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Location: St. John's, NL @ MUN  Botanical Garden
Medium: Watercolour
Level: Beyond Basics to Advanced
Cost: $85 + HST 

Tools & Techniques of Watercolour

Enjoy a day of experimenting with the tools of watercolour as you create a series of mini paintings, each designed to illustrate a different technique.

Date and Time: Saturday, November  8th, 2014 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Location: St. John's, NL @ MUN Botanical Garden
Medium: Watercolour
Level: Introductory and Beyond Basics
Cost: $85 + HST

Open Studio

The Open Studio is for those of you who are working on your own painting projects and would like guidance and advice on colour theory, composition, technique or problem solving as you continue.

Date and Time: Friday, November 21 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Location: Arts & Culture Centre, St. John's, NL
Cost: $50 + HST 

For full workshop descriptions and registration details, check Margaret's under Classes or Workshops.  

by Celia Godkin

Botanical artists usually prefer to work from live specimens, but sometimes this isn't possible, and we must turn to photographic reference instead. As a children's book illustrator, I have to rely on extensive reference material from a variety of sources including photographs.

In my most recent book, Skydiver, there's an oil painting of corn plants on a page that describes the spraying of farm crops with DDT. This was the pesticide that caused severe declines in peregrine falcons, the subject of the book.

The image was based on a couple of reference photos I took at the edge of a field of corn.  Knowing that the image would have to be a low view, looking upward towards an air-borne peregrine, I deliberately angled the camera upwards so that there would be lots of sky in the photos.

Here are my reference photos:

Godkin-Celia-corn1.web Godkin-Celia-corn2.web

And here is a detail of the resulting illustration:


Note that I haven't slavishly copied the photographs. To do so would mean that all the cast shadow and transparency that confuses the interpretation of form would have been included. Instead, I use the photographic reference as the point of departure, simplifying and eliminating confusing shadows to explain the form without violating the integrity of the plant structure.

Far from being a distortion, I view this departure from photographic realism as an integral part of the "scientific accuracy" component of botanical art. I seek to explain and clarify plant structures in the same way that science attempts to elucidate nature.

I hope this example clarifies one of the important differences between botanical art and floral fine art. Art imitates nature, science seeks to explain it and botanical art hopes to achieve both of these goals.

Book details:
Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World by Celia Godkin; Pajama Press, 2014, is the inspiring story of how the peregrine falcon was saved from the brink of disaster. ISBN 978-1-927485-61-3 (bound) $19.95. See further information at

Tudor Liz Graphite2All forms of art can be improved with strong drawing skills and there are many tips and tricks you can learn. These include techniques to improve everything from line drawing to shading and composition, as well as tips for drawing fur, feathers, grasses, leaves etc.

At the Coloured Pencil and Watercolour Club (CP&WC) on Wednesday, October 15th, Liz Tudor is offering to give us free tips and tricks in drawing and an opportunity for questions and answers. Liz recommends bringing a sketch book, graphite pencils (2H, HB, 2B, 4B), an eraser and a sharpener. (Some drawing supplies will be on hand for you to try out.)

"I would never presume to think I could give much to such a talented group, but if I can provide any help in regard to graphite drawing, I would love to have you join us!" - Liz.

You are invited to the Coloured Pencil and Watercolour Club:

Date: Wednesday, October 15th from 10am to 3pm

2727 Yonge St
Toronto Party room (PH floor by elevator.)
Underground guest parking is available on the north side of the building. 
Note: The regular $15.00 per session applies.

Tudor Liz BeetTo RSVP or request further information contact:
Mary Rose @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 416-443-8098 or
Luisa @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 416-488-3381

spillane cattleya orchidThis one-day workshop will introduce students to this versatile medium and show how to produce stunning effects equal to that of watercolour painting. Easy to use and convenient to store and replace, coloured pencils can be used alone or combined with graphite. Techniques such as burnishing and layering, along with accurate colour matching, tonal rendering and composition will help students to master this rewarding medium. A step-by-step botanical project will be the focus of the workshop.

London Brush & Palette Club
St. Aiden's Church
Oxford Street West
London, ON

Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Length: 1 day
Hours: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch
Cost: $35.00

To register, contact:

  • London Brush & Palette Club - Ron Mabee or Bob Sivak
  • Or, Michael Spillane at 905-891-8422 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Michael's Website:

Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators Exhibition

Dates: September 23- Oct 18, 2014

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 – 11:30 AM & 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Meet the Artists Reception: Saturday, October 18, 2014, 2:00 - 3:45 PM

The Lindsay Gallery
190 Kent Street West
Lindsay, ON K9V 3Y6


Botanical Art at Swansea Town Hall

This exhibition will feature artwork by students of Nellie Sue Potter.

Dates: October 25- December 5, 2014

Meet the Artists Reception: Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:00-7:30 PM

Swansea Town Hall
95 Lavinia Ave
Toronto, ON M6S 3H9


Autumn Sketchbook  –  High Park Nature Centre

Look closely at the autumn forest to create richly colourful and intricate sketchbook pages. With the skilled instruction of botanical artist Nellie Sue Potter and the colourful medium of your choice (colour pencils, pastels, watercolours etc.), you will learn how to sketch various fall subjects. Fresh and intriguing specimens will be gathered along High Park trails including autumn leaves, mosses, lichens, and more. The High Park Nature Centre is a quiet oasis on the edge of the most pristine corner of the Park. It's a naturally perfect locale to indulge in a week of learning. *This course is suitable for all levels and will include time indoors (Thursday & Tuesday) and outdoors (Sunday).

You will learn: How to get started keeping a sketchbook; how to set up a sketchbook page; what details to look for and which ones to include; how to compose on the page; how to apply and layer colour; and how to achieve natural textures.

Dates & Times:

Thursday, October 16: 6 PM – 9 PM – Indoors

Sunday, October 19: 1 PM – 4 PM - Mostly outdoors

Tuesday, October 21: 6 PM – 9 PM - Indoors

Workshop Fee: 
$150 / 3 sessions

Please contact the Nature Centre at 416-392-1748 x2 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions about this event.

To register: Go to and click on "Programs: for Adults" to register and "Contact: Location" for a map.

Colour and Form in the Fall Harvest – Swansea Town Hall

Autumn brings beautiful forms to render: apples, pears, pumpkins, sunflowers and all the bounty that grew and ripened during the summer months. In this course, Nellie Sue will guide you in using tonal value to describe the forms, from round to ribbed to spiraling. She will also help you in creating the rich colours of autumn, from the deep greens to the warm yellows, oranges and reds.

Dates & Times: Wednesdays, October 22 - November 26, 2014, noon until 3:00 PM

Fee for 6 weeks: $279.11

To register for Swansea Town Hall courses: Please send a cheque for $279.11 to: Nellie Sue Potter, 2775 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M6P 1Y4.

Swansea Town Hall is located north of the Gardiner Expressway and south of Bloor Street, and offers free parking and easy TTC access. For maps and directions, go to

There are several exhibitions being held this fall by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and the Hunt Institute that may be of interest to BAC members. For more details, follow the links to their respective websites.


Following in Bartram's Footsteps runs August 30th through November 2nd at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The ASBA's 17th Annual International includes 42 art works from around the world, including Canada. It opens with a reception on the evening of September 17th at The Horticultural Society of New York. Weird, Wild, and Wonderful is currently on display at the New York Botanical Garden through September 21st.


The Hunt Institute

Dangerous Beauty: Thorns, Spines and Prickles runs September 18th to December 18th 2014

Location: 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University, 4909 Frew Street Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Date:  September 19, 20 & 21, 2014
Length:  3 days
Hours:  9:00 am to 5:00 pm with 1 hour for lunch (lunch provided)
Location:   Madoc, Ontario
Cost:  $325.00 + HST

Cyclamine @Copyright Michael Spillane Botanical art is a highly structured art form requiring dedication, commitment and a passion for the subject. Being able to combine technical and botanical accuracy with a high standard of artistic excellence is the goal of this most rewarding discipline. This three-day workshop is designed to teach students the fundamentals of botanical drawing and painting. Along with the necessary skills in accurate observation, composition, drawing and painting techniques and colour mixing, the workshop will touch on the history of botanical drawing and painting, plant nomenclature and provide students with a solid base to learn and develop a wide range of botanical drawing and painting techniques.

The first day of the workshop will concentrate on drawing techniques and elements of composition. Exercises in gesture, contour and shading will help students understand the creative process and how to construct their botanical drawings. A step-by-step floral project in graphite will be the focus for the first project. Day two and three will continue with more advanced drawing studies and lead into watercolour painting techniques. Michael will provide step-by-step floral botanical subjects in watercolour to complete the workshop.

For more information or to register use any of the following options:

You are invited to join other artists who enjoy working with coloured pencils and watercolours who will be meeting for a one-day session once a month for their own leisure, sharing information and a love of art in a pleasant penthouse environment. No tutoring is provided. Bring your own art supplies and lunch. Kitchen facilities are available. Please RSVP if you wish to attend.

Session Dates: Generally, the club meets on the third Wednesday of the month. The 2014 fall session dates are September 17th, October 15th, and November 19th.

Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm

    2727 Yonge St, Toronto
    Party room (PH floor by elevator.)
    Underground guest parking is available on the north side of the building.

Cost: $15.00 per session

To RSVP or request further information contact:

  • Mary Rose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 416-443-8098 or
  • Luisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 416-488-3381

"Botanical Treasures at the Woodland Edge" is the inspiring theme we have chosen for BAC's 2015 juried exhibition, which will be held at the Todmorden Mills Papermill Gallery in Toronto from October 26 to November 9, 2015.

Stay tuned for the Call for Entries, which will include all the exhibition details. In the meantime, we encourage you to take out your pencils and brushes and explore the beauty of the woodland edge.