Eden Project is one of my favourite places to visit, not only for the educational aspect (I am all for recycling and sustainability) but also for the never-ending source of inspiration. When I learned about the botanical painting course they were going to run, I had to book my place.
Tutor: Laura Silburn, a fellow of the Eden Project Florilegium Society who teaches botanical painting and drawing courses at the Eden Project.
Setting: Mediterranean biome surrounded by autumn vegetables, citrus fruit trees, and a lovely atmosphere.
Did I like it? Yes. Will I use the newly learned techniques in my art? Yes. Will I have another go at watercolors? Yes. And now, here is a selection of photos capturing the learning process.
|Day 1 - drawing and painting exercises|
|Choosing my subject - green aubergines|
|Drawing and shading|
|Step by step painting|
|The finished painting|
In case you are wondering why it isn't hung the right way up, it is because I bought a landscape frame instead of a portrait one. I was about to go back and change it, but then I thought why would I? I make mistakes like this all the time and I am also known for liking imperfections so 'hung the other way around' it is. For now.