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classes_CarolWoodin 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.

    Slipper Orchids in Watercolor (on paper or vellum)
    GNSI Education Series Workshop at Reiman Gardens
    University of Iowa, Ames IA
    May 31 – June 3, 2013
    This four-day class includes a field trip and a lot of time in the classroom observing and painting potted native orchids. Cost: $510 GNSI Members, $545 nonmembers.

    Applications due May 15. Samples of artwork must accompany application. For more information and to register, visit GNSI’s website.

    Painting the Flowers of Summer, Watercolor on Vellum

    Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago, IL
    July 26 – July 28, 2013
    9:30 AM – 4:30 PM
    This class includes a demonstration of stretching vellum. Participants will select subjects from the garden and learn how to take a preliminary sketch to an advanced painting on vellum. Cost: $449 nonmember; members receive 20% discount. View Details/Register

    Botanical Painting with Watercolor

    Berkshire Botanical Garden, Stockbridge, MA
    August 22 – 24, 2013
    10 AM – 4 PM
    Come to the beautiful Berkshires of Massachusetts to take a 3-day Master Class and learn botanical painting techniques. Anemones will be the focus of this class. Cost: $290 nonmembers, $260 members.
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This information has been added to the Classes Near You section for Massachusetts and Illinois.

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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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Courtesy of Bloomsbury Publishing and Coral Guest. All rights reserved

Image courtesy Bloomsbury Publishing and Coral Guest. All rights reserved

Today we the conversation turns to the subject of neutral tint. What is it? How do you make it?

Coral explains…

“In 18th century England, when watercolour came of age in the form of picturesque landscape painting, one of the many issues that artists set out to resolve was the mixing of greys to shade their colours, and to cleanly reduce the saturation of both the warm and cool hues on their palette. Black pigments, such as Lamp Black, were found to lack subtlety and to corrupt the purity of other colours. In order to fulfill their aesthetic need many artists experimented, mixing their own formulas of grey and black from two or three colours. In England, these black/grey formulas became termed ‘neutral tint’ as a description of their function. Thomas Reeves who set up as a commercial color maker in London…”

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If you’re new to botanical art, you have many resources at your disposal to help you find your way. There are websites, tutorials, professional organizations, certificate programs, classes and of course, books! Many more than what existed 15 years ago. I have had the good fortune to share many books on this site and today I have the pleasure of sharing one more.

Botanical Painting by Mariella Baldwin is a rich resource for those who have a growing interest in learning how to paint plants.

In her introduction, Mariella explains she wrote her book to show people how to paint plants without fear. While she does not stress a technical, scientific approach to drawing and painting plants, Botanical Painting is definitely not a book about expressive flower painting. Far from it. It is a book about drawing with accuracy and painting for pleasure.

The thoughtful and patient conversation Mariella has with readers who lack prior painting experience made a big impression on me. Mariella clearly cares about connecting with her readers and provides confidence-building advice at just the right moments during the drawing and painting process. Always supportive, Mariella is respectful of the path each individual takes to a finished painting.

Novice botanical illustrators will appreciate Mariella’s thoughtful instruction about how to begin a

Click to enlarge, image courtesy Crowood Press

drawing. Through her guided instruction, beginners learn how to use graph paper to take measurements, how to create a mask around their work, how to approach investigative sketching and how to draw the form of their subject.

When it comes to painting, beginners are shown how to turn the painting process into manageable tasks. The instructions Mariella provides for her practice techniques are as clear as her instructions for the “official” painting steps she outlines. Throughout, photographs of her own sketches and painting studies support the written text.

Some of the topics Mariella addresses in her book are:

  • How to work with specific colors (white, yellow, orange, brown, red, pink, green, blue, purple, black and silver).
  • How to paint bi-colored flowers.
  • How to paint roots, bulbs, stems.
  • How to draw and paint leaves.
  • How to draw and paint leaf surfaces and textures.
  • How to draw and paint buds and flowers.

Click to enlarge, image courtesy Crowood Press

In a chapter both new painters and experienced painters will appreciate, Mariella reviews special techniques that will help them paint velvet flowers, hairs, bloom, cacti, sheen and shine on fruit, reflected light, aerial perspective, shadows and those ever-popular dewdrops.

Want to learn more about
Botanical Painting?

Let’s ask Mariella …

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Now at Classes Near You > Washington:

North Cascades Basecamp, Mazama

A bed-and-breakfast style lodge surrounded by acres of protected cedar forest, the North Cascades Basecamp serves as a homebase for outdoor adventures such as hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing and a host of other activities offered through the camp’s Ecology Center. Biologists Kim and Steve Bondi purchased the recreation center in 2010 and created the Ecology Center to offer learning opportunities for guests.

    Capturing the Shades of October with Photographer, Teri J. Pieper
    October 7-9, 2012; Friday 1 PM thru Sunday 1 PM
    Up to ten photographers will have the opportunity to explore the Methow Valley with cameras and tripods in hand while Teri J. Pieper helps them discover their own unique vision of fall colors in the Methow Valley. Workshop fee includes two nights lodging, six meals and materials. Teri’s work has been featured in a variety of publications including the National Audubon Society magazine and The Nature Conservancy of Washington magazine among others. Her formal photography education was at the Rocky Mountain School of Photography in Missoula, MT. View Teri’s gallery of nature photography online. Location: Methow Valley, Mazama, WA
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    Painting Watercolors of Autumn with Watercolorist, John Adams

    October 13-14, 2012; 10 AM – 1 PM
    Learn to paint brilliant, colorful autumn scenes in the North Cascades mountains. Each day will include an instructor demonstration of painting mountains and trees with bright watercolors of fall, followed by individual instruction as you create your own painting based on the demo or an idea that you bring to the class. All levels of experience are welcome. Instructor John Adams is a professional artist, designer, teacher and signature member of the National Watercolor Society.
    Location: Methow Valley, Mazama, WA
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Learn how to draw and paint trees with the Forester-Artist in Texas!

Bruce Lyndon Cunningham

Bruce is a forester and botanical illustrator. Books illustrated by Bruce include Gymnosperms of the United States and Canada and Trees, Shrubs and Woody Vines of East Texas.

    Tree Art Workshops
    Four week series
    August 8 – 24, 2012

    Learn how to draw and know leaves, fruit and trees with forester-artist, Bruce Lyndon Cunningham. Bruce will teach drawing and painting techniques. The first day of class will be at the Texas Forestry Museum. All other meetings will be held at the Pineywoods Nature Center. Download class flyer to view course schedule, pricing, and to register.

This information can also be viewed at Classes Near You > Texas.

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