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State Winner for 'Building Communities' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2024; State Winner for 'Promoting Sustainability' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2022
State Winner for 'Building Communities' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2024; State Winner for 'Promoting Sustainability' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2022

NatureArt Lab Blog

  • ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Libby Derham
    June 19, 2023

    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Libby Derham

    An award-winning, full-time artist, Libby Derham is a fourth-generation watercolourist. She won the Annie Tan Memorial Watercolour Award (Queensland Regional Art Awards) (2021) and has been a finalist in multiple local and national awards. She completed art training at Surrey Institute of Art and Design in the UK (1996-1998). 

    Pushing traditional into experimental watercolour, Libby looks for new ways of working with the medium’s dynamic fluidity and transparent qualities, mixing with pigment. An appreciation for the natural world informs Libby's practice. The work seeks to capture her sensory experience within it and the immersive qualities of En plein air. 

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  • Botanical Art - A Productive Meditation
    June 15, 2023

    Botanical Art - A Productive Meditation

    David Reynolds is a botanical artist from Melbourne who teaches in Canberra and Brisbane with NatureArt Lab.In this article talks about his art practice and the importance of getting to know your subject. He also asked the question about botanical art and gender. Hopefully more men will join this creative pursuit and enjoy the productive meditation the art of botanical painting provides. 

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  • Eucalypts In Art with Halina Steele
    June 12, 2023

    Eucalypts In Art with Halina Steele

    Australia boasts a rich and diverse range of flora, and one of the largest groups that stands out is the Eucalyptus genus, consisting of over 800 species spread across three genera: Angophora, Corymbia, and Eucalyptus. These native plants are not only iconic but also play a vital role in Australia's natural environment, earning recognition worldwide. With their various shapes and sizes, the workshop aimed to explore the captivating forms and colours of eucalypts, with a particular emphasis on species with rounded leaves, such as Eucalyptus kruseana, E. cinerea, E. pulverulenta, and E. orbifolia.
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  • Illustrating Australian Reptiles with Zoe Lawrence
    June 8, 2023

    Illustrating Australian Reptiles with Zoe Lawrence

    Last month, we had the incredible opportunity to explore the captivating world of one of Australia's most iconic species. Snakes and lizards, often misunderstood or overlooked, took centre stage as we delved into their beauty and uniqueness in the course, Illustrating Australian Reptiles with Zoe Lawrence.

    Over the course, our students were given the rare chance to intimately interact with live reptiles, gaining firsthand knowledge and mastering techniques to accurately capture their essence through coloured pencil illustrations. It was a harmonious fusion of art and science, allowing us to raise awareness and foster a deep appreciation for these magnificent creatures and our native fauna as a whole.

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  • Sketching flowers - Nicole Crosswell Artist Profile
    June 7, 2023

    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Nicole Crosswell

    Nicole Crosswell is a practising visual artist, arts facilitator, and the scientific illustrator for The Queensland Herbarium at Mt. Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. Her arts practice embodies the phrase ‘to draw’; from contemporary manipulation of physical thread and line through to traditional methods of drawing and mark making. In both her professional and personal life is Nicole’s passion for the natural world and its dynamic evolution.
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  • ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lesley Wallington
    June 2, 2023

    ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Lesley Wallington

    Lesley Wallington is a professional, award-winning artist and tutor with more than 30 years’ teaching experience. Her journey in water based media, through studies at the ANU School of Art has resulted in innovative approaches to her painting and competency across a range of mediums. With a background in Biology, Ecology and Mathematics Lesley brings together in her work, a love of art, science and nature.
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  • The Albany Pitcher Plant by Dr Anna Voytsekhovich
    March 31, 2023

    The Albany Pitcher Plant by Dr Anna Voytsekhovich

    Dr Anna Voysekhovich is an award-winning botanical artist and scientific illustrator based in Sydney. Her illustration of this beautiful Albany Pitcher Plant recently won the Best in Show at the BASA, and here is her story about this threatened plant species from Western Australia!
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  • nature objects and drawing
    November 23, 2022

    CELEBRATING NATURE CONNECTIONS: Create | Explore | Observe | Inspire at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens … by Lynda Griffin

    Located in the heart of Kabi Kabi Country, the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens was the perfect location for a month-long celebration of art, nature and science, Celebrating Nature Connections. This event featured a showcase exhibition of creative works by the NatureArt Lab South-East Queensland branch tutors Libby Derham, Zoe Lawrence, Petra Meer, Danny McCreadie and Sandra Pearce, alongside an exciting program of events and workshops.

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  • Artwork by Rachael Robb. Art class with Mali Moir featured the plants of Mulligans Flat including this beautiful yellow-flowering grey-leaved native plant.
    April 29, 2019

    Fired Up About Mulligans Flat - by Fiona Boxall

    It all started with a visit to Mulligans Flat as the temperature drifted gently towards 40 degrees C and the threat of bushfires simmered in the background. As a group we were a mix of both experienced artists and enthusiastic, but relative beginners. We were out there on this improbably hot day looking for botanical specimens to paint and preserve as part of one of NatureArt Lab’s many and varied workshops. The 'Collecting herbaria specimens and botanical art' workshop with Mali Moir provided students with a series of challenges which were both demanding but intensely satisfying. This blog provides one student's perspective on this experience.
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