Well ... it's been an interesting month. After almost leaving the course for a number of reasons, I have taken a step back and reassessed priorities. Kind of like a mid life crisis - an evolution of sorts.
After lengthy discussions about the involvement required over the next two years I decided to continue on .... and despite challenges - to put even more time into studying this art - not just painting a pretty picture but understanding more about the history of botanical art and the botanical structure of the plant I am working on.
|Eucalypt Leaves - watercolour washes in progress|
I don't have a background in art, science, botany or anything remotely akin to this genre, so it's hard going at times. So ... onward and upward ... after a great deal of effort I have almost finished my assignment and will post it shortly - I am also working on my essay assignment for the course and I will show the completed artwork here as soon as I send them off to the UK.
|Leaf from a Cottonwood tree - WIP|
In the meantime there are a lot of very industrious botanical artists meeting a painting challenge being led by a wonderful botanical artist and teacher, Mindy Lighthipe.
|Same leaf, overworked it but had fun.|
Leaves are so difficult but such an important part of the painting and can ruin an otherwise beautifully executed flower study. I have played around with leaves a bit over time, learning from trial and error mostly!
The artists are attempting to paint a leaf a day or as close as possible to this .... Mindy's blog is fabulous and she is a very generous teacher, displaying her leaf diary as she goes....
Please enjoy the journey and wonderful instruction on leaf painting ...