|first try with a leaf---scrapped|
|decided simple leaf better for this messy artist--just a little more work left|
|still not finished--took so long leaf fell off|
|my edges need sharpening--lifting with a damp stiff bristle brush|
|pencil lines so light had to gray scale|
Artist Michele Petherwick asked me to join her in taking a one day botanical illustration workshop. Her work is beautifully realistic and richly composed. Michele is a scientific illustrator and taking this workshop gets her out of her own home studio. There's always something to gain working with other artists in a learning situation. I, on other hand, have never taken any sort of painting workshop. My only instruction in the world of painting came in the required art courses in college. This would definitely take me out of my comfort zone! I am a beginner when it comes to 2-D---a mere dabbler.
The workshop was held at the U.C. Berkeley Botanical Gardens. Absolutely inspirational. The day was sunny. The perennials in full bloom. Artist Catherine Watters gave the workshop. Her instruction was clear and insightful. I came away with a better understanding of the step by step layering of colors and the precision required in measuring the subject matter.
I thought clay taught me patience! I wanted to pull out a blow dryer so I didn't have to wait for each wash to dry! But I waited. And finally it paid off. I was able to dry brush peacefully so involved with the minute that the minutes flew. Wow, I thought. I have always respected the skill and talent needed to produce such intimate, detailed scientific illustration, but the patience....
I love it. It intrigues me.
I still love clay, though. I won't give up my clay job any time soon. I remain cobalt carbonate true.