Posts Tagged ‘Watercolor’

Begin the New Year with a long weekend of botanical art.

See these new classes by Carol Woodin at Classes Near You > Massachusetts!

Carol Woodin

A freelance artist for over 20 years, Carol creates vibrant botanical paintings on vellum. Her work is in public collections and in the private collections of Dr. Shirley Sherwood and Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton. Carol is represented by Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper, LLC.

    Botanical Painting in Watercolor (on paper)
    Berkshire Botanical Garden
    January 10-11, 2013
    10 AM – 4 PM

    Enjoy a long weekend in the Berkshires! Learn watercolor techniques on Thursday and Friday with Carol Woodin, then spend the rest of the weekend exploring. Cost: $260 members, $290 nonmembers
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    Watercolor on Vellum – Peonies from the Garden

    Filoli Estate & Gardens
    Woodside, CA
    March 20-23, 2013
    9:30 AM – 3:30 PM
    Sketch peonies growing in Filoli’s garden, then immerse yourself in the painting process as you learn how to paint on vellum.
    Cost: $460 members, $550 nonmembers (price includes vellum)
    View Details/Register

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Heeyoung Kim loves to use stems as the main element in the composition. She will explain how she works with stems in an upcoming workshop.

See what’s new at Classes Near You > Illinois!

Heeyoung Kim

Heeyoung Kim is a botanical artist whose illustrations and paintings of American prairie plants have graced posters, postcards and exhibition catalogs. Heeyoung is passionate about documenting prairie plants and brings attention to the fragile state of America’s prairies by exhibiting her work in national and international exhibitions.

    Painting Stems and Leaves in Watercolor
    January 10-11, 2013
    10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    Stems are not boring. Stems are not just something that connects flowers and leaves. Stems can become the compelling focal point of a composition when they are arranged effectively and deliberately.

    During this two-day workshop, Heeyoung will assist students with the coloring process step-by-step through demonstrations and individualized instruction. Students are expected to select their own specimens (Heeyoung will use an oak branch with some leaves), and prepare a drawing before the watercolor workshop begins so they can focus on watercolor techniques during the two-day workshop. This class will be held at Brushwood Gallery, Ryerson Wood, 21850 N Riverwoods Road, Deerfield, IL 60015.

    Optional Drawing Class
    Friday, January 4, 2013 (10 AM – 1 PM)
    Extra Fee: $40
    Location: Ryerson Woods

    Registrants who want to spend some extra time to ensure their drawings will be suitable for the watercolor workshop can take this optional drawing class with Heeyoung. This class will be taught one week before the watercolor workshop so students can have enough time to fully prepare their drawings and trace them onto watercolor paper for the workshop. If you want to participate in the drawing session, please contact Heeyoung as soon as possible.

    For more information and to register, contact Heeyoung.

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Image courtesy Bloomsbury Publishing and Coral Guest. All rights reserved

Image courtesy Bloomsbury Publishing and Coral Guest. All rights reserved

We have all learned so much this month. Thank you for all who have participated. Keep those questions coming!

Coral’s book, Painting Flowers in Watercolour: A Naturalist Approach is no longer in print and is only available as a used book. I asked Coral if she has plans to write another book.
She replied:

“At this moment in time there are no plans to produce a second edition or a new instructional book. I feel that the book was of its time, and although now outdated in various ways…”

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Image courtesy Bloomsbury Publishing and Coral Guest. All rights reserved

Image courtesy Bloomsbury Publishing and Coral Guest. All rights reserved

In Painting Flowers in Watercolour: A Naturalistic Approach, Coral Guest discusses color and shares with readers the colors she has in her own palette. She provides guidance about how to mix greens and takes a moment to explain how artists can create very bright flower colors.

This made me think of the color Opera Rose. I asked Coral about making that shocking color.

She said:

“The nearest that could be achieved to Opera Rose would be a mixture of Permanent Rose and …”

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I asked Coral Guest if she used neutral tint to create her striking painting of the ‘Queen of Night’ tulip you see on her website.

She said:

Yes, for the ‘Queen of Night’ tepals I used Neutral Tint mixed with various combinations of Permanent Magenta, Winsor Violet, and Cerulean Blue. I was seeking a very contemporary and sumptuous image to represent the richness of this tulip. The road to completion with this particular painting…

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Buckeye © 2012 by Linda C. Miller. All rights reserved

Linda C. Miller will conduct a free children’s workshop in Williamsburg, VA next month.

Information about this workshop and Linda’s other new classes for Fall can be found in the Classes Near You sections for North Carolina and Virginia.

Here is the information that can be found in these sections:

Linda C. Miller

Linda is a botanical artist from Virginia and the artist in residence at The Elizabethan Gardens in Manteo, NC. Learn more about this special honor. Linda teaches in North Carolina and in Virginia. Visit Linda’s blog, Botanical Art Today to learn about her classes and upcoming gallery appearances.

    Botanical Watercolor Workshop
    September 18-20, 2012 (9:30 AM – 3:30 PM)
    Learn the art of botanical illustration while studying plants from The Elizabethan Garden, Manteo, NC. Learn how to observe, draw and paint plants. Artists of all levels are welcome. This workshop can be taken as a two-day or three-day workshop. Limit: 12 students. Cost: Two-day workshop ($100 member, $120 non-member), three-day workshop ($135 member, $155 non-member). View Details/Register

    Drawing Nature in Pen & Ink Workshop
    Saturday, September 22, 2012 (9:30 AM – 12:30 PM)
    Explore Nature’s colors, textures and details in black and white. Using ink, learn how to make marks that mimic fuzz on a fern, fur on an otter or feathers of a bird. For beginning to intermediate artists. Limit: 6 students. Cost: $35, includes materials. Location: Freedom Park, Williamsburg, VA. Register at (757) 259-3200 or http://www.jccegov.com/recreation

    Fall Studies: Botanical Watercolor Workshops
    Freedom Park Nature Interpretive Center, Williamsburg, VA
    Mondays, October 1, 8, 15, 2012
    Register at  (757) 259-3200 or http://www.jccegov.com/recreation

    Art in the Park
    Saturday, October 13, 2012 (10:00 – 11:30 AM)
    Bring the family to this free children’s workshop at New Quarter Park in Williamsburg, VA located at 1000 Lakeshead Drive. For more information, call (757) 890-5840.

    Fall Studies: Botanical Watercolor Workshops
    Charles Taylor Arts Center, Hampton, VA
    Two sections of this workshop will be offered. All levels of artist are welcome. Contact the Charles Taylor Arts Center for more information and pricing.
    Section #1: Thursdays, October 4, 11, 18, 2012
    Section #2: Fridays, September 28, October 5 and 12, 2012

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Lala Ragimov
A Southern California artist who studies the techniques of Renaissance painters and uses these techniques in her work. Her work is currently on view in the solo exhibition, Envisioning the Natural World, at the Madrona Marsh Nature Center. Lala’s classes appeal to a general audience and can accommodate participants working on independent projects. Botanical artists are welcome! The classes below are taught at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center in Torrance, CA.

Adult Classes:

    Exploring Watercolor Techniques
    Thursdays, September 20 – November 29, 2012; 6:30 – 9:00 PM
    (no class Nov 22)
    Learn new techniques at each meeting. Students have the option of participating in the class project or working on their own. Cost: $135 Torrance residents ($150 non-residents). View Details/Register

    Fundamentals of  Oil Painting

    Learn oil painting techniques and apply your new knowledge using still life sets or in your own independent project. Topics addressed include: color theory, composition, positive space and negative space. Two sections of this course are available. Cost per section: $135 Torrance residents, ($150 non-residents)

    Mondays, September 17 – November 26, 2012; 6:30 – 9:00 PM
    (no class Nov 12)
    View Details/Register for Monday option

    Tuesdays, September 18 – November 20; 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    View Details/Register for Tuesday option

    Learn to Draw and Sketch

    Tuesdays, September 18 – November 6, 2012; 12:30 – 2:30 PM.
    In this introductory course, participants will learn how to observe subjects. They will also learn about shading, composition, expression and style. Cost: $100 Torrance residents, ($110 non-residents)
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Children’s Classes

    Drawing and Watercolour Painting (Ages 10-16)
    Young artists will work in pencil, pen, ink and watercolor while learning about perspective, shading and color. They will also draw and paint from life and imagination and learn the techniques of the Old Masters. Two sections of this course are available. Cost per section: $79 Torrance residents, ($89 non-residents)

    Fridays, September 21 – November 9, 2012; 4:00-5:30 PM
    View Details/Register for Friday option

    Saturdays, September 22 – November 10, 2012; 3:15-4:45 PM
    View Details/Register for Saturday option

    Botanical Illustration for Children
    – Coming soon!

This information can also be found at Classes Near You > Southern California.

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