Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Natural Treasures Challenge -- March Theme is Desiccated

We are coming to the end of a very long and snowy winter here in Ottawa. Fittingly, the theme for our March Natural Treasures is Desiccated. We challenged artists to find something leftover from last year's growning season as their subject matter. We received eight pieces of art with subjects ranging from dried flower and seed heads, field flowers to fruit to fungi.

Dried Leaf in Watercolour by Esra Ozgun


Rose Hip in Coloured Pencil by Theresa Bolton


Echinocystis lobata, Wild Cucumber in Watercolour by Kathryn MacDonald

Centaurea macrocephala, Bighead Knapweed - Yellow in Watercolour by Carla Burns


Oak Leaves in Watercolour by Peg Duncan


Dried Hydrangea in Watercolour by Peg Duncan 


Dried Flower/Seed Head in Sepia Ink and Coloured Pencil by Mary Atkins

Bracket Fungus in Coloured Pencil by Lis Allison


Milkweed Pod in Coloured Pencil by Janice Kelly




Sunday, March 3, 2019

Natural Treasure Theme of Seedheads

The Natural Treasures theme for February was Seedheads. Eight artists participated in this challenge and managed to find interesting subjects outside despite the harsh winter weather we experienced in Ottawa this month. Congratulations to all participants for producing such lovely artwork.

Coneflower Seedheads in Graphite by Lis Allison


Plane Tree Seeds (Plantus x acerifolia) in graphite by Celeste Larkin-Dion


Amur Maple Keys in Coloured Pencil by Mary Atkins


Flint Corn in Watercolour by Carla Burns


Dentura in India Ink, Watercolour and Water Soluble Coloured Pencils by Lauren Foster-MacLeod



Chinese Lanterns in Coloured Pencil by Janice Kelly


Maple Keys  in Coloured Pencil by Kathryn MacDonald

Poppy Seedheads in Watercolour by Esra Ozgun

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Natural Treasures Challenge -- Bark

Poplar Twig in coloured pencil by Kathryn MacDonald

Last year, an OSBA member had commented that she had participated in an online botanical art challenge "Leaf a Day" and had found it to be motivating and enjoyable -- especially seeing the results of other artists. We decided to run a similar challenge and are calling it Natural Treasures -- a subject matter treasure huntThe intent is to challenge participating members to find something that captivates them -- ideally something found outside -- and paint or draw this "treasure" (small is a good start 5" x 7"). The challenge frequency wil be monthly and the theme will reflect the season. Finished artwork will be posted on our blog and Facebook (optional) and shown at the OSBA meetings. The overall intent is to encourage members to create more artwork to help them to develop as artists and to enjoy the process (hence the emphasis on small works). We hope this challenge will inspire other artists to pick up their paint brushes and pencils, explore local greenspaces and find a Natural Treasure.

The theme for January was bark and we had five members contribute artwork in various mediums from coloured pencil, pen and ink and watercolour.  The theme for February is seedheads -- visit again in early March to view the results.
Cedar Bark in coloured pencil by Inga Legere
Birch Bark in pen and ink and watercolour by Mary Atkins 
Bark in coloured pencil by Janice Kelly




Bark with lichen in watercolour and gouache by Carla Burns





Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada Exhibit

The Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada Exhibtion is open for viewing. This exhibit will be held from May 18 to October 31, 2018, in the Learning Centre on the grounds of the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (CAFM) located at 861 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario. For information on visiting hours and directions to the Museum, click on the live links (green text) and visit them on Facebook for up-to-date events and activities.

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

Coloured Pencil Exhibit at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre


Image 1: Pomegranate, Punica granatum in coloured pencil on paper by Marina Ferrarin

An exhibition of botanical art works done by Jan Salmon's coloured pencil art class will be on display at the Nepean Visual ArtsCentre Gallery (at the Nepean Sportsplex just outside the art classrooms) starting May 14 and continuing to June 15, 2018.  Please drop by and see some of the amazing work these students have been producing this year in this wonderfully versatile medium.

Image 2: Gerbera in coloured pencil on paper by Mary Atkins



Friday, April 27, 2018

Plants Portraits: Native Plants of Canada Exhibition Announcement






The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum (CAFM) has announced the upcoming Plant Portraits: Native Plants of Canada Exhibtion on their website.  This exhibit will be held from May 18 to October 31, 2018, in the Learning Centre on the grounds of the Museum located at 861 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.

For information on visiting hours and directions to the Museum, click on the live links (green text) and visit them on Facebook for up-to-date events and activities.


Sunday, January 21, 2018

2018 Plant Portraits Exhibition

Common Blue-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium montanum
Artist Lynn Moore





Plant Portraits: Native Plants is The Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists' (OSBA) art exhibit that will run from May 18 to October 31, 2018, at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. One of five regional art exhibits across Canada that will celebrate the diversity of Canada’s native plants, Plant Portraits is an opportunity for our membership to contribute to this year’s series of global botanical art exhibitions while showcasing the growing local interest and talent in contemporary botanical art. 





Key Dates·        
  •       March 12, 2018 – Submission and artwork review day
  • ·        May 1, 2018 –  Deadline for artwork to be framed
  • ·        May 17, 2018 – Vernissage at the Canada Agriculture and
          Food Museum Learning Centre
  • ·        May 18, 2018 – Exhibit opens to the public


Important Information


Questions regarding the exhibit can be sent to Theresa Bolton at OSBAottawa@gmail.com