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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

52. 3rd Annual Botanical Art Exhibition by Heeyoung Kim & Students

Enriching Life at Brushwood Center:
3rd Annual Botanical Art Exhibition by Heeyoung Kim & Students
 at Ryerson Woods, 21850 N Riverwoods Road, Deerfield (Riverwoods), IL 60015

Opening Reception: Nov 12, 1 pm - 3 pm, live music and refreshments
Class open to the public on Monday Nov 13, 11 am - 4 pm
The exhibit runs through Dec 21, 2017.

This new painting of mine will be exhibited in this show! 

Every Monday and Saturday, Brushwood Center is bustled with artists. Botanical art classes, from beginning to advanced level, are designed and taught by me, Heeyoung Kim. Since I started the program at Brushwood Center in 2011, it has grown steadily and strongly. And Brushwood Center has supported my program by hosting annual exhibit. With the results from the classes, we exhibit our works to the public at the end of the year. Despite Chicago's cold winter, we have attracted big crowd of art supporters, nature enthusiasts, avid gardeners and/or anyone who like to support art and Brushwood Center.  The followers are ever growing.

Brushwood Center is situated in pristine nature preserve, Ryerson Woods in Deerfield (Riverwoods), IL. It is home for may precious plants and animals. Read more about Brushwood Center at the website

This year, some of the participating botanical artists got in international juried botanical art exhibitions: Jane Sturgeon and Susie Williams to Filoli International Botanical Art Exhibition, and Claudia Lane to Out of Woods by American Society of Botanical Artists. Both of these exhibitions are prestigious and competitive, to which artists submit their best works from around the world. I am very proud of their achievements.  Last year, Susie Williams and Barbara Rose got in Filoli International Botanical Art Exhibit, and Ramiro Prudencio and Heeyoug Kim in the New York Horticultual Society / American Society of Botanical Art International Botanical Art exhibit. Claudia Lane's ink illustration was featured in the Journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

New feature this year: Live music! Acoustic Guitarist, Rick D. Frank will perform live at the opening reception!!! Thank you Rick and Joann Dinneen for your generous volunteer! We all are supper excited about it! Here is the link of the musician.

The invitation card this year features watercolor, Plumeria, by ©Jane Sturgeon.

Invitation card from: image by Jane Sturgeon

Full image of the cover art by Jane Sturgeon

Some of the artworks from the exhibitions:

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods. November 23. It is stunningly beautiful at this time of the year. When you come to the opening, don't forget to take a walk in the woods. 

The musician at the opening reception, Rick D. Frank

Thursday, July 27, 2017

51. Painted Orchids: Slide Show

Orchids: "Mysterious."
Probably that is the word we often hear about orchids. I feel the same way when I look at them so closely to paint. I need to study every hair :), every curve, and every hidden corner to depict the whole plant accurately. The little nature's wonder amazes me all the time.

For a while, I have been painting orchids species mostly rare ones, along with my documentation of native plants of prairies and woods in Midwestern USA. With this collection, I keep most paintings in 22x30 inches. I incorporate enlarged image very often, which gives the delicate botanical art stronger wall impact.

Enjoy the slide show!
Painted Orchids by Heeyoung Kim

To view it on larger screen, click here 

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

50. A Passion for Orchids and Conservation: Exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

6 watercolor paintings of orchids at Chicago Botanic Garden, February 11 - March 26, 2017 

Installed with 10,000 live orchids. 
Some are luxurious and colorful, but some others are ghostly and mysterious. There are even weedy ones, too. Orchids. They have been a beloved group of plants among collectors and viewers as well. I have a special spot for them in my heart, too. Along with wildflowers of prairies and woodlands in Midwestern USA, I have been painting native orchid species locally, and rare species from other parts of the world. A very cute pink orchid, Paphiopedilum delenatii, was once considered as extinct, but found again in Vietnam. Darwin's Orchid, Angraecum sesquipedale, is definitely one of the most impressive and anecdotal species. I painted its pollinator, Xanthopan morgani with several orchids around it emphasizing their 'problematic', long spurs and the incredibly long proboscis of the moth. Two local lady's slipper orchids and Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid are rare and endangered species, which local conservation groups have been working hard to preserve.

Original paintings and Joel Oppenheimer Gallery collector's edition are available. For inquiry, contact me. For viewing full image, click   

Details of the paintings:
Angraecum sesquipedale and Xanthopan morgani, watercolor, ©Heeyoung Kim 2017

Paphiopedilum delenatii, watercolor, ©Heeyoung Kim 2017

White Lady's Slipper Orchid, Cypripedium candidum, watercolor, 22 x 30", ©Heeyoung Kim 2017 

Large Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid, Cypripedium parviflorum var. pubscens, watercolor & graphie, ©Heeyoung Kim 2017

Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid, Platanthera leucophaea, watercolor, 22 x 30", ©Heeyoung Kim 2017

Phragmipedium 'Jason Fischer', watercolor, ©Heeyoung Kim 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

49. Blooms with Birds and Butterflies

As a botanical Artist, adding insects or birds and butterflies is questionable, because scientific information about the plants was the major concern in traditional botanical art.

However, insects and butterflies, particularly pollinators, and birds, seed dispersers, are very important elements in ecosystem. So, I do not mind including them. They add more actions to the very quiet botanical paintings, and attract broader audiences as well.

Here are some examples of my recent works with fun and pretty birds and butterflies. These images were used for making my new postcards and greeting cards. Certainly people like them more than the cards with only plants.
To buy post cards and greeting cards,
To see full images, click here

Eastern Bluebirds and Flowering Dogwoods, Colored Pencil, Copyrighted by Heeyoung Kim 2017

American Goldfinch and Sunflower, Colored Pencil, ©Heeyoung Kim 2017

Friday, December 16, 2016

48. My 2nd Annual Botanical Art Student Show at Brushwood Center!

My students and I are so excited to announce our 2nd Annual Botanical Art Exhibit!
Opening Reception: Jan 8, 1 pm - 3 pm, 2017
Find more details in the second photo below!

We are some serious bunch who love nature and art, and learning botanical art together for years . In 2012 I was drawn to this beautiful historical house, Brushwood Center at Ryerson Conservation Area. The large room with windows on three sides, surrounded by huge trees, looked like a dream teaching place for me. "Oh, I wish I could have a room like this for teaching." I almost talked to myself. "Why not?" Former executive director of Brushwood Center said to me. Yes, she did! That is how my art program started.

We both, Brushwood Center and me, have passion in nature, art and conservation, and connecting art to the community. We often work together to lead kids to the woods, help them draw what they see. Sometimes high school students come and experience a little different art class in the woods.
My students who have various life/professional experiences volunteer for activities with kids and youths at Brushwood Center. I am so proud of this beautiful human relationship nourished by nature.

For more info, or

Invitation Card, cover image, Gingko, Mixed media, ©Claudia Lane

Back of Invitation Card, detail of the show

A Maple Leaf, colored pencil, ©Ramiro Prudencio

Tulips, watercolor, ©Susie Williams

Pitcher Plant, graphite pencil, ©Jane Sturgeon

Purple Coneflower, watercolor, ©Ann Lesciotto

Monarch Butterflies an Common Milkweeds, colored pencil and ink, ©Heeyoung Kim

47. Botanical Art Classes in 2017

Drawing and watercolor painting classes for every level!

All day every Monday: 10 am - 4 pm
Half day every Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
For detailed dates and topics, check out my website

                                      Rattlesnake Master, graphite pencil, ©Heeyoung Kim

                                             Roses, Watercolor, ©Heeyoung Kim 2017

My Saturday classes are designed to provide basic drawing and watercolor skill to beginning and Intermediate level students. However, there is no actual limitation due to the unique class environment and the instructor's personal coach.

On Mondays, we work seriously! I am so proud and happy to have so many talented students! We experience something magical everyday!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

46. Big Achievements by my students: Congratulations!

Botanical painting class at Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

I am overjoyed with what my students are doing at Brushwood Center, and like to share. 

At a beautiful historical house, Brushwood Center, located inside of Edwards Ryerson Conservation Center, I manage my botanical art program. I design the classes to fit best to individual students' need and level by providing instructions with topics, or open workshops, Mondays and Saturdays, almost every week. I am happy to boast about the results :) I am humbled and honored to call them my 'students', because they are too good! :)

We all enjoy the creative process greatly regardless of the results, of course! However, I would like to share a few big achievements we have made. 

For Filoli Botanical Art Juried Exhibition, Barbara Rose (this year) and Susie Williams (last year) 
On the cover of American Society of Botanical Artists' Journal, Claudia Lane's drawing featured  (this year)
For Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University, Dolores Diaz accepted (this year)
For New York Horticultural Society and ASBA Annual International Botanical Art Exhibition, Ramiro Prudencio and Heeyoung Kim accepeted (this year). 
All these four venues are very prestigious botanical art exhibition places in the world.  

Congratulations on the featured artists, and thank you all for your encouragements in the class. 
I appreciate your support and participation.