Cyclamen persicum 2010
4 in x 5 in
Watercolour on Arches 300 lb cold press
My first botanical art piece - and also my first complete watercolour! I just came off a 5 day introductory course on botanical watercolour painting with amazing artist Kerri Weller. What a week - 4 students total, 3 of them watercolorists (2 of them very experienced) and me - an abstract painter and graphite portraitist with a fear of watercolour.
But Kerri's approach, patience and teaching style quickly pushed my phobia to the back of my head (where it belongs, in a nice little cage with a huge lock), and let me absorb as much information and technique as possible, so I could produce the little gem you see above. Kerri - you rock!
The class was intense. Kerri is a strong taskmaster - she knew we had to learn the basic botanical techniques in order to be able to produce a painting that would allow "...an accurate description of a plant for scientific purposes in order to identify a specimen to genus , if not species, level." (quote from Botanical Artists Exhibition 2007 ).