Paint Lab – Week 6 – Botanical Illustrations

This week’s lab was inspired by the detailed botanical drawings popular in the 15th through 17th century which typically featured sketches of rare or unusual plants.  I imagine these books were popular with botanists – who didn’t have the luxury of digital photography that we have today.

 

Banksia coccinea from Ferdinand Bauer’s 1813 work Illustrationes Florae Novae Hollandiae. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botanical_illustrator

The exercise encouraged us to use interesting colors and composition, however, I must confess that I liked the old-school botanical designs so much, I stuck to the more traditional scheme.  I also used this as an opportunity to practice more with the gouache paint, which has really begun to grow on me.

Rebecca Hamilton Stockdill, Avocado, Gouache and Ink, 2016

Rebecca Hamilton Stockdill, Avocado, Gouache and Ink, 2016

For my composition, I chose an avocado that I cut in half, painting the inside and outside of the pieces. I also included hand-written text with a description of the avocado, itself.  I was really pleased with the out come, and ended up framing this one and hanging it in the entry to the kitchen.

Close Up of Avocado

Close Up of Avocado

Continuing on with the culinary theme, Kim painted a large and small sprig of thyme.  She followed the theme of the exercise a bit more closely and used purple for her painting.  I think this one also made it up on the wall!

Kim Sammartino, Thyme, Gouache, 2016

Kim Sammartino, Thyme, Gouache, 2016

Close Up of Thyme

Close Up of Thyme

If you enjoy following our progress, I encourage you to get a copy of the book and give it a try!  Paint Lab by Deborah Forman.

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