Last February I started a Botanical Illustration Diploma Course through Society of Botanical Artists in London. It is a 3 year correspondence course, that I have been admiring and reading about. It involves 15 different assignments, graded by different tutors, to be mailed to the UK. I have been inspired by my friend Janene who has finished the course and admiring her work, although I felt very intimidated by the quality of work produced by the students in the course. I have been taking various classes in botanical drawing and painting in the last 3 years through Oregon Botanical Artists and Pacific Northwest Botanical Artists groups. Living in a small area on the Oregon Coast, access to classes in limited. My husband gave me a final push, and said I should do it. The course was already underway when I submitted the photo of my work. I wasn't quite sure if I would be accepted, but applied anyway. When I heard back that I was accepted I was both excited and scared, knowing the amount of work it will take. Below is the Pomegranate from Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland that I submitted as part of the application.
Here are a couple images of my sketchbook I have completed this summer. I had a lot of fun sketching native plants in pen and ink, and then highlighting a section in color using a circular stencil. I also love experimenting with fonts, and using plants I am drawing to design letters and words. It's very enjoyable and creative process.
I had a wonderful time in Poland this summer, one of the highlights was hiking Tatra mountains. I have found several native orchids, and have learned that there are over 45 native orchids to Tatra's. I spent some time sketching, hiking and meeting interesting people on the trails. The views are spectacular, especially hiking along valley and streams.
Fungi are super captivating and intriguing. They can be delicious or poisonous, medicinal or deadly. It is amazing to learn the important role they play in forest ecology. They are unexpected treasures to be found in places you least expect them. The shapes, colors and textures are mesmerizing, I especially enjoy finding bright mushrooms like the coral below in a dark forested path.
Wow! Spring was fun and busy at the same time! I taught two classes at Barbey Center at the Maritime Museum - Natural Science Illustration and Butterflies and Botanicals. I participated in a group show Forest Flora at Tillamook Forest Center showing some of my drawings of native plants, I also taught two workshops there as part of the monthly celebration of wildflowers. I tried to find time to sketch blooming trilliums and treated myself to a class at Tryon Creek State Park taught by Janet Parker.
Hiking and sketching at Ecola state Park. Lots of amazing fungi and lichen!
Just finished teaching Art of Ethnobotany at Seaside High School. It was a very rewarding teaching experience! You can read about it here: http://www.dailyastorian.com/SS/news/20151210/seaside-class-explores-art-nature-native-plants
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I love mushroom hunting, must be my Eastern European blood. I do take lots of caution, and use many resources/field guides/workshops, etc. to learn about mushrooms. I wouldn't eat anything I can't identify with 100% accuracy. Besides these photos below I also found chanterelles, but was too excited with harvesting to take photos!
Teaching at Sitka was a great experience. The environment was great for creative work and self reflection. Below are pictures of students and their work in progress. Impressive!!