ASBA Conference 2016, Pittsburgh, PA 

Too much to write right now about what a fun conference this was and what a great city Pittsburgh is. We got to see the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation’s 15th Invitational Show which was really exciting. Artists from around the world were represented and it was quite amazing to see all their work. 

In addition as usual we were able to attend workshops given by a wide variety of botanical artists. We met and talked and traded ideas and worked together. It was a delight to meet artists from around the globe. I talked fabric with Deidre from Toronto and painted mushrooms with my friend Cissy from Santa Cruz and sketched with Judy Brown from Virginia. 

Here are some samples from the workshops I attended:

Margaret Saylor taught Painting Mushrooms, Creating Browns. I cheated (with the teacher’s permission) and used colored pencil.

Gaynor Dickeson came from the UK to teach Crab Apples in Colored Pencil.


Lara Call Gastinger took us to the Pittsburgh Botanical Garden to do
door sketching.





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    referring to Sonoma County, California