Painting Summer Flowers

An introduction to botanical watercolour

Victoria is an award-winning full-time contemporary botanical painter who loves sharing her passion for painting the natural world. Based in Ayrshire, she has exhibited internationally, and has work published in several botanical art books. She mainly paints on a larger scale, but also enjoys the precision of small nature studies. She is a founding member of the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists and a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Taking as subjects the summer flowers which will hopefully now be brightening up our gardens, you will be introduced and gently guided through the process of creating an original botanical watercolour. Plant material will be provided, but if you have something from your garden you would like to tackle, please bring it along.

Demonstrations, introductions to materials, paint handling, scale, composition and common watercolour pitfalls will be covered.
Day 1 will start with demonstrations, then move on to drawing and colour-matching.
Day 2 will be devoted to getting colour on the page.

Examples of her paintings will be available in the room, along with books, catalogues and journals on botanical art to browse.

Paints, brushes etc. will be available to use, but if you have your own preferred watercolour paints and brushes please bring them along. Good quality hot-pressed watercolour paper will be available to purchase, and sketching paper will be available. A wide range of plant material will also be provided.

This will be Victoria’s third workshop with Arran Visual Arts, and she’s looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, and hopefully some new ones!