Assignment 9 – Working in the Field

Assignment 9 of the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma was entitled ‘Working in the Field’. For this assignment we were asked to find a location we liked, any natural habitat, and study, record and illustrate the species that were present. … Continue reading

Virginia Creeper

I have come home, back to Canterbury, for a nice long weekend. And, with little work to do Medicine wise, it was finally time for me to sit down and paint uninterrupted. I noticed the stunning colours in the Virginia Creeper that’s on my Mum’s drive, and so chose this as my subject. Although drawn by the colours… I have started with a study of an unchanged leaf, just to get to grips with the anatomy and get the feel of my paints again! I’ll keep up updating on both the study, and the final piece when I start!

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Oh, and the smudge at the top right corner – the reason this became a study. That’s what happens when you have your paints too close to where you’re working… Accidently lean on paint, then lean on work. The worst feeling in the world, and why I usually ALWAYS lean on tracing paper!

Society of Floral Painters Assessment

So to update you all on how the assessment day went for the Society of Floral painters… They accepted me, so I am officially a full member! I was very surprised but extremely pleased to get the letter!

They gave me a lot of constructive criticism, but I was grateful for that. I’ve never had my work formally assessed, so it was refreshing to hear how I can improve.

Now to get painting again!

Being spoilt….

I was thoroughly spoilt this weekend by my Mum. I got these amazing flowers through the post. When re-arranging them I thought the hydrangea on its own was so spectacular, I wanted it separate from the rest of the arrangement so I could admire it properly. So it’s in a separate vase and will be going by my bed.

This surprise has made me even more excited to see my parents when they come down for the exhibition – next weekend!
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SFP Exhibition Pieces

I have finally got my work back from the framers! Let me know your thoughts! So these are the 3 pieces I will be putting into the Society of Floral Painters exhibition in October. I’m getting really excited about it now…It seems like a long way away still and a long time to wait, but hopefully it’ll fly by! 

Win Hooper

I know only recently I said I would be absent from here, which I am(!), but I have a query, and this community seems like the place where I am most likely to find the answer! I am staying with my Grandmother at the moment in South Africa, and she has just given me a delightful present for my 21st birthday. She has found 4 prints of azaleas by an artist called Win Hooper. She is a Zimbabwean artist, and unfortunately that is all I know and can seem to find out about her! If anyone knows anymore about her then please comment! The only information/photos that I can find are on this website ( http://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/66479497/Set_of_4_Win_Hooper_Floral_Prints_Zimbabwe_29cm_37_5cm_Just_Lovely.html )

I can upload a photo of my prints eventually but unfortunately not on this computer!

I can’t wait to see if anyone knows more than I do about her! Thank you!