Botanical Painting ‘Lenten Roses – Helleborus Orientals’ –
About this workshop:
The Lenten Rose is a wonderful breath of spring, with a range of flowers from almost black, through pinks, purples and reds to yellows and white, with patterns both outside and inside the petals. They have leaves which at this time of the year are intriguing and attractive and lend themselves to construction of interesting compositions.
The course will be constructed round individual capabilities, with an emphasis of taking people forward from their current understanding, so if needed, it is a possible place to start at the very beginning or take yourself forward, even if you are an experienced botanical artist. Under discussion will be observation and drawing techniques, composition, paper, colour palettes and colour mixing, as well as how to handle the basic techniques of watercolour painting.
The ideal watercolour paper is smooth, hot pressed paper like Fabriano Classico 5 or Fabriano Artistico. It needs to be able to take washes without buckling so a recommended thickness would be 300g/m2 or 140 lbs. A limited supply of suitable paper will be available from the tutor.
Graphite pencils for drawing (suggest HB or B and H or 2H)
Pencil Erasers – putty rubber ones are particularly useful
A container for paint water – a clean jam jar is fine
Paper kitchen towelling is really useful for controlling brush loading
Watercolour paints, which might be half-pans or tubes, it doesn’t matter, but try to bring paints of artists’ quality
Brushes need to be good quality sable and capable of forming fine points.
A mixing palette, e.g. a white plate or saucer, is useful, but don’t buy anything special!
Please do not worry if you lack any or all of these items. Most resources are available through the tutor, and key colours can be made available as the need arises.
Specimens will be also be supplied by the tutor, but please bring your own blossoms, if you have a favourite, and particularly if you can bring in fresh plants. Unfortunately the time restrictions means we will only be able to study one variety for each person.