Watercolor in the Garden

I led a watercolor sketching class this morning at the NC Botanical Garden.

We wore masks and practiced social distancing.

And oh how wonderful to be in a place full of beauty.

I did quick demos of three techniques: watercolor brush, watercolor pencil, and negative painting.

Here is my demo piece reworked with layers of watercolor and pen and ink.

Favorite Things March 24, 2017

Nestled in the leaves

One stem at a time, then bloom

Fiddleheads salute.

Art Prescription:  With my sketchbook and a box of colored pencils, I headed off to the North Carolina Botanical Garden in search of the ephemeral wildflowers.

Art Journal with pen and ink and colored pencil:

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Deep Woods April 27, 2014

Smell of vetiver

Rich, earthy bog, sweet wetlands

Guppies, frogs, and snakes!

Art Prescription:  Snakes! Yikes, but some people love seeing them. They are nature’s creations too. As we head into warmer weather, the bog awakens, and the water is teaming with life. Remember when you looked at bog water under a microscope? Spirogyra…Be curious.

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Haiku September 12, 2012 Butterflies

Butterflies, skippers

Flicker flower to flower

Sweet September treat.

Art Prescription:  Another astonishing North Carolina day! I packed up my “art wagon,” and headed over to the NC Botanical Garden to watercolor sketch. It’s really my garden wagon, but works perfect for field-sketching. My paint, paper, pens, water, water holder, snack, and bug spray all fit neatly, then the handle folds back to create the perfect flower-level seat. This is the second piece of work in a new collection I’m calling “Watercolor Fresh.” Each piece starts as a watercolor sketch, expressive. Then I let the random shapes suggest detail with pen and ink. It’s very relaxing because there is no right or wrong, I’m just working (as I tell my workshop participants) with what is happening on the paper!! Try it!!