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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)

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