Vegetables have been long overlooked as a subject for painting in recent years; but no longer. The interest in historical and unusual vegetables is burgeoning, especially as more people turn to a vegetable based diet. 18th century Dutch and Spanish still-life paintings frequently took vegetables as their theme and they make interesting subjects to depict, especially winter roots; parnsips, leeks and beets.
This course aims to help gain confidence in the application of watercolour, together with accurate observations skills. Whilst accuracy is vital to botanical painting, advice and tips will be given to simplify the drawing process, enabling you to proceed to painting as swiftly as possible.
The object of the course is to achieve an accurate drawing from which the painting will be made. The focus on painting will be layering colours to build up tonal values to describe the form, creating a three-dimensional plant. Additionally and equally important, will be attention to colour mixing and theory; with a focus on achieving earthy colours, which nevertheless glow. The tutor will demonstrate various wet-in-wet and dry brush techniques for you to work out the ways to develop a personal style.
By the end of the course, you will leave with a series of course exercises and notes to accompany the painting, which will be useful for further painting projects. You will leave with a greater understanding of accurate rendition and colour theory. With reference to botanical paintings, both contemporary and historical, you will be equipped with inspirational ideas to progress your own practice.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
"Opportunity to really explore the process behind botanical painting with an expert."Christine, August 2020
Mariella Baldwin studied botanical illustration at the English Gardening School, London and received an MA in Visual Arts from Sussex University. Her paintings are held in collections both in the UK and USA. She is a painting member of Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society. Her book 'Botanical Painting' was published in 2011.