Sunday, May 31, 2015

Botanical Watercolor Painting.

Botanical Watercolor Painting

From Lara Gastinger's Sketch book

Kimberly Maggard Runion and I discovered the world of botanical watercolors and spent the afternoon painting with botanical artist and illustrator, Lara Call Gastinger

In this expert-led workshop, Lara demonstrated painting techniques, watercolor mixing, and how to set up a composition of spring specimens using plant materials from the MSV’s own Glen Burnie Gardens

All skill levels were welcome and all materials provided.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley offered as a complement to Beauty in Botany, a special exhibition of 22 botanical-themed works by seven celebrated regional artists on view in the Glen Burnie House.

 Tours were available of Glen Burnie home and gardens throughout the workshop. 

As a participating artist in Beauty in Botany, Lara Call Gastinger was the lead illustrator for the recently published Flora of Virginia Project. Lara has exhibited her work widely and was awarded a gold medal at the Royal Horticultural Society garden show in London.

Her work was part of the international exhibition Losing Paradise:Endangered Plants Here and Around the World and her illustrations were published in the book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid-Atlantic. Most recently, Lara's work was accepted into the prestigious Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. 

A resident of Charlottesville, Virginia, Lara holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from Virginia Tech in plant ecology.


Here are some of my classmates work during the day.

I really loved the detail on this piece!
 This is Kim in action! I was really sent by her mother (Dianne) to play photographer. She normally takes classes with us. However, she was unable to attend.

This woman was able to capture the exact size of the plant!

Can you believe that this person was able to capture such detail!

 I liked the idea how this budding (Ha ha get it....) artist painted details on the side!

The Roses seem to be the hardest beauty to capture! This artist did a fantastic job!

We each had our work area and I enjoyed the colors on this piece.

We also learned about blending and shading. This artist did a terrific job!
Some chose the same flower but were able to each show a different perspective.

Here is Kimberly Runion's 
Botanical Masterpiece! 

I guess some of you might be curious how mine turned out. Here it is! Not bad for my very first time painting with watercolors. Well ok, I believe I did paint with the watercolor tray as a child. 

"Chive" by Ginger Dawn Harman
Art and Nature is amazing.  We must do our best to preserve it and allow it's beauty to flourish. Moreover, take time to nourish yourself with your passions. After all....

 "Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." ~Henry Ward Beecher



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