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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.
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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