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.
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.
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.
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!
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.