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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,
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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. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

45. Ink Drawing Workshop in Classic Style

Intriguing Ink? Yes, indeed!

I needed to show a big image of this drawing to show how much details we can depict in the small milkweed seedpods.  

We can show all different shades of black with just a small bottle of black ink and a couple of tiny crow quill pen nibs.

I am offering a workshop at Brushwood Center Ryerson Woods, Deerfield.
Two Mondays, Oct 3 & 10, from 10 am - 4 pm.
If you are interested, contact me through my website.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

44. Short Inconvenience with My Blog,

For a week, I had horrific experience with my blog.

To make the long story short, I decided to keep the custom blog address. has been my website for more than 10 years, then, it has been my blog since I made a new website
As it cost quite a lot to keep a few domains, I decided to give it up, and didn't renew it. Then, what happened????   In two days after the expiration date, someone emailed me asking if I am interested in buying that domain which is for sale. Yes, seriously!

Now, I can easily guess the domain with my name can fall into someone's hands and cause confusion or even harm. No way!!!!!  So, I contacted the web hosting company, and figured out I could still renew it. I spent many hours to do that, and finally did it just now!!!!!!

So relieved!

Thank you for your supports!
I appreciate your continuous visits, follows, shares, and comments!

Now, my sites/blogs are:
image bank of my prairie plant documentation:
And facebook and instagram.
Well, there are a lot to do to get connected, as you know :)