NESBA Artist Bobbi Angell coauthors book

For anyone looking for a deeper appreciation of the wonderful world of plants!

The technical terms used to describe plants can be daunting, but they are essential for accurate identification and communication. This comprehensive glossary gives concise definitions of the terms that describe color, shape, texture, growth forms, fruit and flower characteristics, and much more, enhanced by clear, accurate illustrations.- Timber Press

Gardeners are inherently curious. They make note of a plant label in a botanical garden and then go home to learn more. They pick up fallen blossoms to examine them closer. They spend hours reading plant catalogs. But they are often unable to accurately name or describe their discoveries. A Botanist’s Vocabulary gives gardeners and naturalists a better understanding of what they see and a way to categorize and organize the natural world in which they are so intimately involved. Through concise definitions and detailed black and white illustrations, it defines 1300 words commonly used by botanists, naturalists, and gardeners.  - Amazon

Students, professionals, gardeners, and nature lovers will find this guide by Bobbi Angell and Susan Pell to be an invaluable aid in all their interactions with the plant describe plants.

NESBA member Carrie Megan has work in three exhibitions


Carrie has work juried into:

OA Gallery, The Beauty of Botanicals
Kirkwood, MO
June 6 - 30, 2016
Work accepted: Butterfly Weed, watercolor on vellum

Danforth Art Annual: 2016 Juried Exhibition
Framingham, MA
June 19 - Aug. 21
Work Accepted: Poppy Seed Head, graphite on paper

Blanc de Blanc, 2016 Summer Soirée Exhibition
Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown, RI
July 1 - Aug. 20, 2016
Work accepted: Love-in-a-Mist, graphite on paper

"IT'S JUST A SHAPE" in the "Life of a Painting"

or: "It's like a cooking class learning to paint this way".

Those are Marla's words describing her relationship to all her paintings. Twenty five of us Happy Campers had such fun learning from this international artist. 

Her three elements of concern in every painting are: SHAPE, VALUE, and EDGES.

In her first stage, she uses a lot of water to wet the shapes of the shadows and adds the following colors, paying attention to warm and cool colors of yellow, blue and red. 
The ones she likes are: aureolin or hansa yellow deep, alizarin crimson hue, manganese blue hue and cobalt. For darker shapes she likes french ultramarine and alizarin. 

In her next stage she uses less water with local color. Then she attaches the shadows to the shapes to unify the whole and strengthen the painting. She adjusts the values all the way through: back and forth, forth and back. All the time. 

Stay tuned to your NESBA email from Joan for more detailed notes on the presentation. 

Update:  Marla Greenfield finished the orchid painting she started with NESBA members and posted it on her facebook page. See that plus all the rest of the fabulous paintings she's finished. Such an inspiration for both her skills and dedication to her art.