Hahnemühle congratulates British artist Sarah Caswell for winning the Audience Award at the exhibition “Medicinal and poisonous plants” at Palmengarten (Palmgarden), Frankfurt/Germany. The British “Society of Botanical Artists” (SBA) presented there for the third time the impressive work of its members.
“Botanical painting has a centuries-old tradition that is currently experiencing a worldwide renaissance. Originally it was used to document herbs and plants on scientific research trips abroad. The precise figure was essential in the discovery of new species since the transport to Europe was long and only dried plants could be brought. Therefore, the researchers were usually accompanied by an artist who drew or painted their findings figuratively. Many famous names are familiar to us from this period, including Alexander von Humboldt, George Foster and Charles Darwin, “says the press release of the Palm Garden, Frankfurt.
The “Society of Botanical Artists” is an association of highly talented painter and draftsman. They all practising the centuries-old tradition of accurate artistic rendering of plants – particularly important when it comes to “medicinal and poisonous plants” recently shown in Frankfurt. In the right dose many plants cause a healing, in the wrong dosage a deadly effect. The art of botanical painting gathered even in times of digital macro photography many fans who prefer to capture the essence of a plant detailed with traditional painting and drawing techniques, but also with modern collage or mixed media art.
Hahnemühle offer for each technique suitable papers – whether finely textured artist papers for watercolor, acrylic and many paints more to work in the studio or smooth sketch paper for pencils, graphite etc. and sketch books which are practical for quick studies on the go.