Nuts! That pretty much sums up this week’s drawing class in its entirety. As you’d expect from a botanical art class in Australia, there’d be some time dedicated to drawing gum nuts. And drawing gum nuts is something that drove me nuts! To kick off the class we each selected a bunch of Corymbia gum… Read More Nuts! (Botanical Art Class Week 4 – Entry 6)
Since my last botanical art class, the idea of capturing the character of botanical specimens has been on the top of my mind. However, where to collect a subject that is simple enough to draw but is detailed enough to show a distinct personality has been more challenging. One idea for a subject that had… Read More A Stroke of Serendipity (Botanical Art Homework Week 3 – Entry 5)
After a solid week of strong practice, I entered my most recent botanical art class with a strong sense of satisfaction and competence. I am developing botanical skill and it’s been clear to see. This confidence continued right up until the point that I saw the topic of the day. Guelder Rose berries. Normally, I’m… Read More The Beginning of Berries (Botanical Art Class Week 3 – Entry 4)
The old adage is true, practice makes perfect. And in an effort to get closer to perfection I’ve been putting time into practising outside of botanical art class this week. Firstly I worked on perfecting my line work by trying to document some dried leaves. By taking drawing dried leaves I was hoping to practice… Read More Learning the Lines (Botanical Art Homework Week 2 – Entry 3)
The lure of the curved leaves wasn’t enough to entice me to do any homework this week, but if nothing else I turned up and participated in my second botanical art class. And what else could we draw after the splendour of curved leaves, but flower outlines! With a couple of chrysanthemums, a pencil and… Read More The Finesse of Flower Lines (Botanical Art Class Week 2 – Entry 2)
They say that the most important step on a journey is the first one, and the first step in my botanical art journey has been to sign up for a local class on botanical drawing and painting. These classes focus first on drawing lines, then adding tone and shading, and finally introduce watercolour to bring… Read More Getting Started with Lines, Leaves and Botanical Art (Botanical Art Class Week 1 – Entry 1)
I have to admit, ‘I want to be a botanical artist when I grow up’ wasn’t something that I would have said that I wanted to be when I was little, but I always liked the idea of being able to draw well. I was a typical kid who loved messing around with crayons, pencils… Read More When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Botanical Artist
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