In which the author meets a virtual internet friend in real reality and spends the day in London.

I obviously don’t get out much! But this has been an exciting and encouraging week, in which I have seen some quality botanical art, met a great teacher and met some new people.  I am a member of the FaceBook page Botanical Art for Beginners, and I found out that a fellow member would also be at the RHS Botanical Art Exhibition in London.  We arranged to meet and amazingly we found each other, in that great crowded hall.  She introduced me to Ann Swan a pencil art teacher and author, who was coming to Dedham Hall (just down the road from me) to teach for a week, she was kind enough to let me gatecrash one of her classes so I did.  Some wonderful work was going on, and Ann is a supportive and knowledgable teacher, everyone was really friendly and I have made contact now with a local group which meets monthly.  The quality of the artwork at the RHS show was amazing, very inspiring and very varied, something to aspire to one day (in my next lifetime!)

Clematis Montana drawing

Clematis Montana drawing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even with all the excitement of London and Dedham I did get some drawing done, and this week what interested me was our Clematis Montana coming out, it seems to be best ever this year, maybe all the rain last year helped.  Petals again, oh dear, but practice makes perfect so I had another go.

Two clematis flowers

Two clematis flowers

Rough drawings

Rough drawings

So it is all very well being able to draw a plant fairly accurately, but what I realised at the exhibition this week is that accuracy does not an ‘artwork’ make.  Well, that’s obvious, obviously but it had not really sunk in; but visiting this class I could see that although the plant material was there the students were using it as inspiration rather than a guide.  So having done my preparatory drawings and photos of the clematis I thought I would have a go at ‘composition’.  I therefore spent a happy few hours with tracing paper, IPad, drawings, scissors and eraser laying out my first composition.

Clematis composition

Clematis composition

What I had noticed when I photographed the plant was that all the buds looked like little faces searching for the sunshine, so I tried to get the feeling in my picture of the buds and opening blossoms straining towards the warmth.  Not sure if it has worked but I am going to go with it, it is only small (a finished size of 6 inches square).

 

 

 

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7 thoughts on “In which the author meets a virtual internet friend in real reality and spends the day in London.

  1. Christel Kiley

    Those are really really lovely! Some of your best. Glad you found another group to hang out with! Wonderful to meet such talented people. Good luck fro your Mum! x

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  2. occasionalartist

    Lucky you to see the Exhibition in London and see a class. These petals are lovely, they are delicate and fragile, well done and your composition is working well, I can sense the twining and searching toward the sun. Looking forward to seeing it finished. Karen

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    1. Draws Shoots and Leaves Post author

      I’m looking forward to finishing it too! but life has intervened as it does, with visitors and garden jobs to do…….. but I hope to have another go at it later today (rain is forecast so I will have to come inside). Sue

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  3. KnitNell

    Sounds a wonderful day – I love Ann Swan’s work. She teaches at Wisley which is near to where I live and I know one fellow painter who regularly goes to her classes for inspiration.

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