I can't believe it's 2012 already ... seems like yesterday I started the course and really have come so far, not only in learning but also awareness of some of the pitfalls when commencing a course of study. I found that one of the most important things to avoid having too many disasters is to be really well organised. Most of us work full time, are raising families and already have a full enough life before we include studying for 27 months for a Diploma in Botanical Art. It's a lot tougher than we think it's going to be ... nobody embarks on this course just to paint a pretty picture - it costs money, takes a lot of time and an awful lot of self discipline to learn on your own.
I've refined my study environment so that everything I need is close by. After picking up tips from other artists I'm happy with my workspace now ... I found a quiet room in the house where I was able to put all the 'stuff' (and there's a lot of stuff!) and set up my table so the dayight source was correct. Sometimes you have to paint when the opportunity is there and one of the biggest benefits was a great lamp with a natural daylight bulb so that I can work any time day or night.
|Acrylic board with artwork taped down|
|Angled board on non slip mat|
|Non slip mat to work on|
|Adjustable angled table top easel|
There are so many tips and tricks you learn as you go ... I'm just posting what works for me .. knowing of course we enjoy different techniques to achieve results. Many of these tips were passed on to me by other artists .... I joined Facebook just over a year ago purely to look at botanical art - there is a wonderful forum where ideas, artworks and resources are exchanged. If you are sincerely interested in learning more about botanical art and have a Facebook identity, please ask to join ....
Currently I am working on Assignment 7 - the Fruit Assignment - I am painting a Cape Gooseberry and really enjoying this one! I love hearing from you and what you're up to ....