Sketching Fall Wildfowers

I had a lovely group this morning at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

I showed them three techniques for capturing the essence of fall wildflowers.

Brush painting with watercolor.

Drawing with watercolor pencils and adding water.

Negative painting.

Bonus: pen and ink.

I did a demo of negative painting to capture these tiny asters. Then I added pen to suggest detail.

Thank you dear readers for your support. Art will pull me through.

Be well,


Haiku July 6, 2013 Bee Balm

Busy, busy, bees

Yo-yo over red bee balm

Fill up on the sweet.

Art Prescription:  Idyllic July day. Spent most of it outside admiring my garden and then walked over to the North Carolina Botanical Garden.  The abundance of flowers is intoxicating.

bee balm

Haiku March 25, 2012

Sandy garden path

Yellow glow and purple phlox

Cool, refreshing walk!

Art Prescription: I went to a Haiku in the Garden workshop today at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. So much to learn about this little poem called “haiku.” As with everything, simpler is better, and to get down to the bare essentials of our senses is art. Practice…practice…practice…