|Qualup bell - © Vicki Lee Johnston|
|Taking one of many photographic memories|
|Reference photo setup|
|Saint Paul Asylum in St Remy|
|Wonderful display of irises|
|Getting there ...|
This was a fun painting to do because it gave me the opportunity to be a little more relaxed about the detail and features, it became a keepsake of sorts to remember this special time in France. It was intended for an exhibition but after a missed deadline I decided it could stay with me a while longer.
|Watercolour Iris - © Vicki Lee Johnston|
I hope everyone is keeping well and optimistic about days ahead when we can look forward to a return to travel and hugging and enjoying life at its fullest. I have been blessed to spend this very unique time with my soul mate and precious family, being grateful for the simple things in life and honouring the natural world.
|© Vicki Lee Johnston|
|Mottlecah WIP - © Vicki Lee Johnston|
Time to update the blog with a painting completed for an exhibition - thanks to the challenging year we had in 2020, many botanical art exhibitions have gone online, which is still a lovely way to explore and buy art - especially for those at great distance from the usual venues.
I know from my own experience, living so far from the art exhibitions makes it very expensive to participate with hefty shipping costs. I welcome this new way of sharing art and enabling many more to come in contact with art in all forms.
My choice as a botanical subject for 'The Art of Botancal Illustration' was Eucalyptus macrocarpa - mottlecah. It came about as I pass this unique small tree almost every day on my walks. It is a wonderful subject, especially being endemic to Western Australia and I have strong memories of being fascinated with the life cycle in my childhood in the country. It usually looks a bit scraggly and leggy but when the tree produces pods and burst into flower it is a showstopper.
|Layering the leaves and developing flowers and buds|
© Vicki Lee Johnston
The seed pods are powdery silver grey, clutched tightly to the stem of the shrub. Once the flower is spent it becomes such an interesting subject to observe and illustrate, woody and architectural, full of nooks and crannies and so much character!
|Ageing seed pod coming to life |
© Vicki Lee Johnston
|Building the depth © Vicki Lee Johnston|
|Scanned the large artwork and digitally sent to Friends of Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne|
"The Art of Botanical Illustration"
Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne