For years my favorite book for teaching Botanical painting has been, Botanical Illustration Course with The Eden Project, by Rosie Martin and Meriel Thurstan. The ease of following the book’s guidelines, the abundant illustrations, and demonstrations have made it my go-to textbook. Sadly, I have just found that it is no longer in print and will soon be … More The Eden Project and Botanical Painting
“All art is theft,” David Shields from BrainyQuote After discussing in a previous post about the importance of artists stealing from other artists, I took a look at my favorite targets and why I chose to steal from them. Artistic theft is the truest form of flattery. We learn from those who have gone before by … More A Favorite Theft Target
Have a Happy Holiday Season!
The generous application of a warm color to the red of the birds created an unexpected and unplanned vibrancy. The paint took on a life of its own.
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Fall appears to be taking its sweet time this year. The colors have been changing for about four weeks or so, as far as I can tell. I picked up the first red leaf I saw weeks ago and brought it home to press in my favorite leaf presser book, Art Through The Ages.As the … More Treasuring Fall Risks
Watkins College of Art This beautiful article was a humbling thing to read but I was also quite proud of the things it highlights. The Art to Heart Project was a three year project from start to finish and quite involved. It took another year to see it published. Even though it was time consuming … More A Very Humbling Story
“Without the name, any flower is still, more or less a stranger to you,” John Burroughs This past Saturday’s Fall Flowers painting workshop featured some interesting flower varieties in the beautiful shades of purple, yellow, and rusty reds that so characterize autumn. The Community Education Department of Watkins College of Art supplies the flowers adding an … More An Eye for a Fall Paw