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Raspberry Frost Banksia (Banskia menziesii), watercolor, 22x30". © Sharon Birzer, all rights reserved.

Raspberry Frost Banksia (Banskia menziesii), watercolor, 22×30″. © Sharon Birzer, all rights reserved.

Sharon Birzer
Scientific illustrator Sharon Birzer is a teaching artist at Seattle Pacific University and Frye Art Museum, and has completed illustrations for the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture at the University of Washington. Sharon shows her work at Shift Collaborative Studio in Seattle, Washington.

Her work is currently on view in the exhibition Drawing on Nature: Flora and Fauna at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle (January 15 – April 1, 2014). This exhibition features the work of members from the Northwest Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and The Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists’.

    Art in the Garden: One-Day Botanical Illustration Workshop
    Sunday, March 2, 2014
    9 AM – 3 PM

    The National Tropical Botanical Garden is offering a one-day botanical illustration workshop with natural science illustrator Sharon Birzer. For beginning and intermediate artists, ages 15 and up. Students will work in watercolor. This workshop will be taught at the Harrison Chandler Education Center, National Tropical Botanical Garden Headquarters Campus at 3530 Papalina Road, Kalāheo.
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Botanical Illustration Intensive Workshop
The National Tropical Botanical Garden on Kaua’I Hawaii

    February 2 – February 15, 2014 (Session 1)
    February 15 – 28, 2014 (Session 2)
    February 2 – February 28, 2014 (One-month Intensive)

    Time: 10 AM to 4 PM, daily

Study the fundamentals of botanical drawing using graphite pencil, colored pencils, watercolor pencils and watercolor. Drawing plants and flowers starts with observation.

Under the supervision of Wendy Hollender, illustrator, author, and instructor from The New York Botanical Garden, students will learn about plant structures and their importance through dissection and comparison.

Students will create detailed botanical drawings and sketchbook pages of flowering plants, fruits and seedpods, working directly from the wide variety of tropical plants growing at the National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG).

There will be opportunity to work on large compositions and detailed paintings for those staying the entire month. Lessons in composition will facilitate the development of larger compositions.

Participants will study historical botanical illustrations spanning four centuries as a way of understanding the tradition and techniques still in use today.

Dr. David Burney and other NTBG botanists will be available to help with understanding botany and other aspects of plant ecology.

This class is appropriate for advanced students as well as beginners because everyone works individually. No previous art background required.

Instructional classes will be conducted four days each week at The National Tropical Botanical Garden, with one day per week allotted for field trips or working in other locations on the island. Participants will have a large indoor-outdoor classroom for use, with time to draw outside anywhere in the garden.

Instructor is available in the classroom and does daily demonstrations. There will be a demonstration about drawing in the garden to introduce participants to techniques used when drawing outside. The weekends are free where by students can visit the island, relax at the beach or continue to draw in the garden classroom.

Workshop Fees:
Two-week workshop: $950 includes sumptuous fresh lunch on class days featuring local produce and tropical fruits. Other meals are not included with the exception of a once a week beach dinner barbeque.

Accommodations are available at the National Tropical Botanical Garden in shared housing for an unbeatable price or in nearby Kalaheo and Poipu or other locations in the area. For those staying in shared housing there is a kitchen for shared use. Bed and Breakfasts options are also available.

For additional information and to register, visit www.DrawingInColor.com or contact Wendy.

This information has been added to the Classes Near You sections for New York and Hawaii.

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New updates for the Classes Near You pages for California, Hawaii and Washington.

Vorobik Botanical Art

Linda Ann Vorobik, Ph.D. is a botanical illustrator and botanist who teaches at the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley, conducts field research in the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon and teaches botanical illustration in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Visit Linda’s website to view her current teaching schedule, online gallery, blog, and to sign-up for her newsletter.

    An Introduction to Botanical Art
    Burke Museum
    University of Washington Herbarium
    September 20, 2013
    Pre-registration required by September 13, 2013

    Painting Orchids on the Big Island of Hawaii
    – October 20-26, 2013

    Plan Ahead for 2014!

    An Introduction to Botanical Art
    Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
    Santa Barbara, CA
    March 22-23, 2014

    An Introduction to Botanical Art

    Center for Urban Horticulture
    University of Washington Botanic Gardens
    Seattle, WA
    October 4-5, 2014

    Painting Orchids on the Big Island of Hawaii

    October 19-25, 2014

Also See

An interview with Linda Ann Vorobik

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Botanist and botanical artist, Linda Ann Vorobik, will teach workshops in four states this summer and fall. Here is what’s new in the Classes Near You section for California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.

Vorobik Botanical Art

Linda Ann Vorobik, Ph.D. is a botanical illustrator and botanist who teaches at the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley, conducts field research in the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon and teaches botanical illustration in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Visit Linda’s website to view her current teaching schedule, online gallery, blog, and to sign-up for her newsletter. Upcoming classes include:

  • Introduction to Botanical Illustration – May 31 – June 3, 2012;
    9 AM – 5 PM. Siskiyou Field Institute, Selma, Oregon.
  • Botanical Art: Field Sketching to Studio Watercolors
    June 22-24, 2012. Point Reyes, CA.
  • Crash Course in Flowering Plant Families – July 7-10, 2012.
    Siskiyou Field Institute, Selma, Oregon.
  • Painting Orchids on the Big Island of Hawaii – October 14-20, 2012. Captain Cook, Hawaii.

An exhibition of Linda’s botanical art and hand-painted silk scarves will open on June 9 at the Chimera Gallery on Lopez Island in Washington.

Linda will also participate in the Lopez Island Studio Tour scheduled for Labor Day weekend (September 1-2, 2012).

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Artist Andie Thrams has announced her teaching schedule for the new year. The new schedule includes classes about botanical field studies, forest art and a special Hawaiian retreat designed to reconnect you with nature through art and yoga!

Andie Thrams, Coloma, CA

Andie is a painter and book artist devoted to creative work in wild places. She teaches in California, Oregon and Hawaii. Her work is widely exhibited and honored, and is held in many private and public collections. View Andie’s 2012 IN FORESTS calendar at her Etsy store.

  • Spring Retreat: Wildflowers, Watercolors & Field Journals
    April 13-15, 2012
    With field journal and lightweight tools in hand participants will gather on the South Fork of the American River poised to make marks, capture colors, record visions, explore habitats. Participants’ work will dance between care and abandon, using watercolor, ink and gouache to invite the magic of spring into our art practice. The pace will allow time for quiet meandering, optional Sunday morning yoga, and sunset painting by the river. Andie will share her ever-evolving field techniques for capturing light, color, gesture and detail, using the journal as a way to experiment and develop ongoing creative themes. Location: Camp Lotus, Coloma, California. Details & Registration: Contact Andie Thrams
  • Field Trip: A Day at the Museum
    April 17, 2012
    Spend a day at the San Franscisco Museum of Modern Art to view art, discuss trends in modern and contemporary art and learn about the Museum’s fantastic resources. Fill your field journal pages with sketches and observations about your day at the museum and compare notes with other artists. Limited to six students. Food and coffee at museum restaurant. Details & Registration: Contact Andie Thrams
  • Accordion Color Book
    April 28-29, 2012
    Learn how to create an accordion-folding book. Explore watercolor techniques through step-by-step exercises that will demystify color theory as you build a reference book of paint mixing strategies. Using watercolors, both systematically and intuitively, you’ll create spring-inspired color studies applying techniques that transfer to work in ink, gouache, acrylic and oil. You’ll complete a beautiful book, an inspiration source for future projects. Location: San Francisco Center for the Book. Cost: $260. View Details/Register
  • Native Botanicals: Field Studies in Drawing & Design
    June 2, 2012
    Create studies of native plants in black and white using pencil, ink and gouache. Discover field-friendly ways to render positive/negative space; reveal gesture and detail; create strong compositions; and explore your own creativity. Participants will leave class with an understanding of the principles of design and a collection of beautiful studies for future reference. Location: Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden, Berkeley, California. Cost: $120 members, $130 non-members. Details/Register
  • Native Botanicals: Field Studies in Watercolor 
    June 3, 2012
    Create summertime watercolor studies in the garden. Working with watercolor and gouache, participants will learn how to mix color accurately, create beautiful shimmering surfaces, and build layers using wet into wet, dry brush and glazing techniques. Participants will go home with a series of studies that conjure up the complexity of wild flora and inspire future painting in the field. Location: Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden, Berkeley, California. Cost: $120 members, $130 non-members. Details/Register
  • Watercolors in the Wild: Sierra Flora
    July 29 – August 3, 2012
    Create lively field studies of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. Discover field-friendly ways to use watercolor and gouache to mix accurate color; create shimmering surfaces; explore light and shadow; build layers using wet into wet, dry brush and glazing techniques; render gesture and detail; and reveal your own mark with ease. We’ll consider botanical imagery in past and contemporary art and take gentle daily forays into the wild to work with new techniques. Participants will go home with a collection of Sierra flora watercolors to use for future reference. Location: San Francisco State University Sierra Nevada Field Campus, Sattley, California. View Details/Register
  • The Artful Cookbook: Celebrating Food, Community & Story
    Co-taught with Rebecca Welti
    August 18-19, 2012
    Bring cookbooks, treasured recipes, photographs, poems and other food-related memorabilia to use as inspiration. Participants will collage, paint, write and draw to create layers of embellished imagery within a series of projects on paper. Share meals and stories with fellow participants, sprinkle herbs and spices into your paintings and onto your food, savor flavors and ideas, while creating recipe-inspired art. Location: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. Cost: $215. Member registration begins February 27. Public registration begins March 12.
    View 2012 Schedule/Register
  • Book Arts for Kids & Adults: Creative Fun & Exploration
    Co-taught with Inga Dubay
    August 20-21, 2012
    Kids, teens, friends, siblings, parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles are all invited to celebrate the creative spirit through exploring the book arts. Families will discover easy and fun-to-make book structures. Participants will use ink, watercolor, sticks, feathers, reeds, pens, brushes and crayons to explore lighthearted and beautiful ways to make drawings, paintings and calligraphic writing. For all levels, ages 8 and up. Location: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. Cost: $120. Member registration begins February 27. Public registration begins March 12.
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  • Wild Forest Wild Art: Tree-Inspired Painting
    August 23-26, 2012
    Andie will demonstrate her ever-evolving field techniques for working in layers to capture light, color, gesture and detail, evoking what is seen and felt under the trees. Working indoors and out, through sequenced studies, participants will create images revealing their own responses to the unique complexity of wild forests. Participants will complete a series of forest-inspired mixed media drawings and paintings. Location: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. Cost: $415. Member registration begins February 27. Public registration begins March 12.
    View 2012 Schedule/Register
  • Big Island Retreat: Wild Art & Wild Yoga in Hawaii!
    Co-taught with Dennis Eagan
    October 7-13, 2012
    Island of Hawaii
    Join Andie and her husband, Dennis, on the Big Island of Hawaii, and sink into that blissful place of wonder through the practices of art and yoga. Artists will explore art and yoga as pathways to deepening their connection to the energies of our planet: its plants, waters and creatures. Each day will offer art classes with Andie, yoga classes with Dennis, and open time for your own exploration; classes will be optional and open to all levels of experience. Art students will use field journals to record daily observations and experiences through drawing, writing and painting with watercolor. Subjects will include island color palette; sunrise, sunset and cloud painting; and tropical plant studies. Yoga classes will emphasize asana and pranayama for opening creative energies and for studying the five elements of yoga: earth, air, water, fire and space.
    Location: Kalani Honua Resort
    Details & Registration: Contact Andie Thrams
  • Field Studies: Autumn Leaves
    November 7-8, 2012
    During forays into Hoyt Arboretum, participants will collect leaves and inspiration for studio work. Learn how to paint the thousand ambers, crimsons and rusts of Fall while building layers of watercolor, gouache and colored pencil to capture glow and detail. Participants will create beautiful studies for future reference and inspiration. Host: Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Otis, Oregon. Location: World Forestry Center, Portland, Oregon. Cost: $212. Member registration begins February 27. Public registration begins March 12. View 2012 Schedule/Register
  • Private Creativity Coaching & Artist Mentoring
    In addition to the workshops listed here, Andie also works privately with a limited number of students. This year individual instruction is offered in two eight-week sessions only.
    Session 1: March 15 – May 15
    Session 2: September 15 – November 15
    Details & Registration: Contact Andie Thrams

Andie’s classes have also been added to the Classes Near You sections for Northern California, Oregon and Hawaii.

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Botanical Art in Hawaii

I have received inquiries about botanical art classes in Hawaii (specifically on the island of Oahu). Do you know of classes on this island? If you do, please let me know or forward this post to instructors teaching on the island.

Thank you!

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Pritchardia schauttaueri © 2011 Arillyn Moran Lawrence. All Rights Reserved.

Arillyn Moran Lawrence
is a southern California artist working in mixed media, watercolor and oil. Her paintings are both traditional and contemporary and have been featured in exhibitions across the US almost every year for the past 22 years.

Arillyn is also a botanical artist and a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California. Five years ago, Arillyn began to document and illustrate endangered Hawaiian plants. Today we sit down with Arillyn to discuss how she preserves the plants of Hawaii for future generations through research and art.

ARTPLANTAE: You have traveled to Hawaii every year for the past 50 years. Not too many people can say they have done this. What is it about Hawaii that keeps you coming back?

ARILLYN MORAN-LAWRENCE: I fell in love with Hawaii when I first landed there as a Pan American stewardess. I loved the smell of the plumeria in the air. Driving down Nimitz Highway, I thought back to Pearl Harbor, to the history, and to the war in the Pacific. I read the book Hawaii by James Michner numerous times. I began working for Pan Am because I was not finding a use for my Bachelor’s degree in art and advertising. I did find jobs at NBC and ABC in advertising, but I was lacking the skills needed to produce art for television. I also investigated medical illustration as an option, but found that it was a male-dominated field. Pan American offered a way to see the world and to study art and other job opportunities. I flew to the Caribbean and South America. I then transferred to the Pacific Division and flew to Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia. Trips to Asia presented Tokyo, Hong Kong, Manila, Saigon, Singapore and Bangkok. Pan Am’s Pacific Division also flew to Paris and London on the Polar Route from the west coast. When I left Pan Am, I married, had 2 sons, returned to college for a teaching credential and then …..returned to Hawaii as often as possible.

: When did you begin to document and paint Hawaiian endangered plants?

AML: I believe it was 2005 when I first read in the ASBA journal that they were planning to have an exhibition titled “Losing Paradise”. As Hawaii has many of the most endangered species on earth, I felt that I wanted to complete some paintings and try for entry to the show. I began studying Hawaiian plant species on the Internet. I bought the book Remains of a Rainbow by David Liittschwager and Susan Middleton and studied it until I had a plan as to what to investigate. I then booked tickets for Honolulu.

I contacted Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens, near Kaneohe, and discussed any endangered species that they might have in their collection. Then, I was directed to Foster Gardens and Lyon Arboretum on the Honolulu side of the island and Waimea Arboretum on the north shore. I was provided names of botanists who would assist me. I made reservations with all the botanists before I arrived and they have all been very helpful with information and their time.

: Explain how you work with a botanist. Is the botanist’s role only to answer questions about plant morphology or does he/she select the specimens for you?

AML: I usually arrive in Hawaii with plants that I want to study with the botanist at their arboretum. It is important to know when the plants are blooming as Hawaii is tropical, but not all plants are blooming all the time. However, on my first trip, I also wanted to see what they had to offer so I let them introduce me to the plants and their histories. Now that I have been doing this for about 6 years, I ask the botanists to show me plants that are of interest to me and my collection.

An exceptional botanist, Karen Shigimatsu, at Lyon Arboretum has helped me over the years. She has walked miles with me and provided me with much valuable and wonderful information. Also, David Orr at the Waimea Arboretum has assisted me in numerous ways by driving me around in a golf cart, going long distances so I can see everything, propping me up while I photograph on slanted hillsides and answering all of my questions. He is full of great information and the ultimate teacher.

It is a lot of work to digest everything the botanists know very well. I have my camera ready to photograph the plant label and then the plant. We work rapidly and move through a lot of specimens and information. Afterward, it is hard to sort out all of the information. But if you return to the specimens that you have seen, make notes and draw the plant, you will have good accurate information to use as a reference. Good shoes are a necessity in the gardens as volcanic ground can be difficult. The ground can be dusty, wet, slippery and rough. The deep red earth sticks to your shoes, you, and stains both. Long pants and tee shirts with long sleeves and bug spray is essential as the mosquitoes seem to know that you are new and have nice blood. With these problems solved you should be able to pay attention to the wonderful plants and get as much information as possible.

: How many plants do you plan to illustrate?

AML: So far, I have completed Hibiscus clayi twice — one H. clayi from the sunny Waimea Arboretum on the north shore and one H.clayi from the Lyon Arboretum in the rain forest. Hibiscus arnottianus, Gardenia brighamii, Pritchardia schattaueri, a deep-red ancient sugar cane, and a beautiful black taro plant. I am currently working on Abutilon eremitopetalum. So eight plants so far. I plan to complete another 10-12 paintings.

During my last trip to Hawaii in October 2011, I studied all of the Hawaiian Pritchardia palms in the Waimea Arboretum and the Lyon Arboretum. I spent days doing color test strips for the palms. In the beginning I used colored pencils but found that the colors were not easily translated into watercolors. So, I use a small light palette with all the necessary colors. I painted fronds, bracts, seeds, trunks and flowers and noted all the formulas I will use to recreate each part of the palm (e.g., Pth Bl+WYel+PRo, Pthalo Blue, Winsor Yellow, Permanent Rose).

My field sketchbook/journal is made by the Bee Paper Co. and is 6″ x 6″. The scan included in this article is from my book of color

Pritchardia sketch © 2011 Arillyn Moran Lawrence. All Rights Reserved

swatches with notes from my most recent trip. Keeping things small, I used a 6″ X 6″ book of hot press Italian paper by Cartiera Magnani. It is 140 lbs., acid-free and pH neutral. I normally use Fabriano Artistico cut into long strips, but I had to keep this simple and small so I could easily move around from palm to palm and store my notes easily. I had a carry-on bag with wheels and I used that in Waimea because of the distance I had to travel. I also had my light plein air collapsible chair with me, as I was working with the plants for hours. At the Lyon Arboretum, I had my husband drop me off with my backpack. It is nice to have a patient person there to help you out.

: Do you work on your endangered plant project at home or do you only work on it while in Hawaii?

AML: I always work at home on all of my paintings because most of my paintings are large. You need to have clean work and that would not be possible in the tropics working plein air. I do the color test strips when on-site as I feel that leads to accuracy and knowledge.

Painting on-site is not easy as every plant I have painted requires lots of walking. The rain forest can be really wet and slippery. The earth can also be dry and it can be very hot as in Koko Head, where all the Hawaiian plants are located at the farthest point, so you don’t want to carry much. Also, volcanic earth on a steep hillside can give way and you can end up down at the bottom of the hill. It is soft so you aren’t hurt but now you need to climb back up to your specimen again. Or, it can be dry one minute and raining the next so an umbrella is a necessity. It is hard to manage a sketchbook, a water bucket, one or two brushes and some paper towels while you are moving around getting test strips for color. I travel light and know what I want to capture.

: When this project is completed, what’s next?

AML:It is never going to be completed. Susan Frei Nathan suggested to me that I should continue with my passion for Hawaiian endangered species and then donate all of my paintings to a museum in Hawaii for future generations.

: What advice do you have for botanical illustrators interested in studying and documenting local native plants?

AML: Know what your passion is. Study and paint and your passion will emerge.

Related Resources

View Arillyn’s Work

  • Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Annual Members Show at the Salmagundi Art Club at 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY (March 18-30, 2012)
  • Grow! A Garden Festival, Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden, Arcadia, CA (May 5-6, 2012)

Recent Awards

First Place, The Old Boat Yard, watercolor. Southern California Plein Air Painters Association Gallery, Newport Beach, CA. November 6, 2011 – January 2, 2012.

One of Arillyn's painting subjects. ©2011 Arillyn Moran Lawrrence. All Rights Reserved

Abutilon eremitopetalum, endangered; work-in-progress to become watercolor over graphite. © 2011 Arillyn Moran Lawrence. All Rights Reserved

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