Saturday, April 1, 2017

ONLINE BOTANICAL ART CLASSES

Dianne Sutherland is an amazing talented artist who teaches online botanical art classes throughout the year.  She also teaches hands on classes at different places and even in Portland, USA (which is as close to my neck of the woods as she's gotten so far). 

Right now I'm taking her Drawing and Painting Leaf course and Botanical Illustration course.  Both, I highly recommend.  I've learned a great deal about greens for leaves (which was a huge problem for me before I started the class) and will be learning about painting leaves of other colors like silvery, hairy leaves and autumn reddish leaves, etc.  

For the Botanical Art class she teaches studies pages in pencil and watercolor.  She has great videos demonstrating various techniques.  Teaches watercolor techniques, drybrushing (which I'm wanting to figure out so badly).....  She's wonderful to answer questions and gives truthful advice and commentary about her student's works.  There are dedicated Facebook groups where we all encourage each other and share our work.   It's been a very positive experience and I'm no where near completed.

(for leaf class: accurate measuring and drawing of leaves and then continuous tone shading - which I got some really good feedback from and need to do some work on)

(more accurate measuring and drawing of leaves... I tried to find different types of leaves to practice with)

(a candlestick flower leaf)

(Hydrangea leaf - the painted leaf isn't completed, I still want to add drybrushing to it)

Being on Instagram you find lots of cool stuff!  I came across these handmade watercolors.  There are three main ones as far as I can tell:  "Redwood Willow", "Greenleaf and Blueberry" then "Pfeiffer Art Supply".  You can usually buy from "Pfeiffer Art Supply" with no problem... I don't know if they have more staff and keep up with stock? "Redwood Willow" and "Greenleaf and Blueberry" watercolors are made by just one or so people.  It's plain luck if you get to pick up any of their paints.  They'll post when some will be available and then everyone all over the world at the same time try to snatch up the kits or singles.  I was fortunate to get two colors!
And then a few weeks later last Christmas I was watching and watching the time,... just hoping and praying I'd be lucky enough to get some more.  At the perfect second the products became available I was quick to get one of the kits and in my cart and paid for before the rush of everyone else!!!  An entire kit from "Redwood Willow"!  Whoo hooo!  The whole store was sold out in under three minutes. 

They seem to be more natural colors and as of yet I still haven't painted anything except for a color chart.... But just knowing I have them makes me happy!      As far as "Greenleaf and Blueberry"... no luck there.
I did order a kit from "Pfeiffer Art Supply".  They look like gorgeous colors and more bright.  Maybe better for my botanical art.  I still haven't even opened up the tiny little packages of each color.  I'm saving it for a special day.