Celebrating 100 Zoom Workshops
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by Emet Lipson
4d ago
We’re over-the-moon excited to announce a major milestone: our 100th Zoom workshop! Thank you for hopping aboard this wild ride of creativity, growth, and botanical wonders. We couldn’t have done it without our incredible community of passionate learners like you! To celebrate our 100th Zoom drawing workshop, we’re offering a SPECIAL BONUS! Participants (who purchase before June 23) will be entered to win this ORIGINAL artwork from Wendy Hollender. Winner will be announced during the last workshop session. REGISTER FOR ROSES ON KRAFT PAPER HERE       If you’re a fan of botani ..read more
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Elevate Your Botanical Illustrations: 4 Essential Tips for Composition
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by Emet Lipson
1w ago
  If you’re delving into botanical illustration, honing composition skills is key. (Our FREE Composition Quick Guide is a great place to start.) Whether you’re a casual artist or an experienced illustrator, refining your compositions can elevate your work to new heights. In this guide, we’ll explore four essential tips to enhance your botanical illustrations: 1. Visualize Your Composition 2. Embrace the Center 3. Utilize 3D Techniques 4. Evaluate and Adjust    1. Visualize Your Composition Visually seeing the ideas in my head laid out on paper (or on screen) is a crucial step f ..read more
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Begin with Basics
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by Emet Lipson
1M ago
Gardenia remyi by Wendy Hollender   Many people say things like, “I can’t draw to save my life,” and “I could never draw something like that!”, but the truth is…  ANYONE can draw! (Yes, even YOU!) If you have the desire to learn, and you commit to the time it takes, we can show you how. Here’s everything you need to know to get started on your botanical art journey.   PREPARE Just as you prepare your kitchen before you jump into the art of cooking, you must prepare your drawing space before you jump into the art of botanical illustration. You’ll be all Set For Success with thes ..read more
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4 Steps to Start Your Seasonal Sketchbook: Winter
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by Emet Lipson
3M ago
In winter, the exposed twigs and branches on a tree offer important information about a tree’s structure and identifying characteristics. Leaf arrangement and leaf scars are studied easily on these exposed branches, and often dormant buds, dried bracts, seed pods, nuts, dried berries, and capsules are present too. Observing these details can help you understand the life cycle of the tree as the seasons progress and will be the first building blocks to your seasonal sketchbook. Botanical sketchbook documenting an Elderberry from flower to fruit The Practice of Botanical Drawing started as a yea ..read more
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4 Tricks to Fool the Eye: Trompe L'oeil
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by Emet Lipson
4M ago
Demo from Trompe L’oeil Workshop by Wendy Hollender   Have you ever seen a drawing so realistic that it fools you into believing it’s a three-dimensional object? “Trompe L’oeil” is a French term meaning “Fool the Eye”.    Learn (from Wendy!) how to incorporate these fun techniques on kraft paper and tell a story by choosing related or symbolic elements to draw. Lesson inspired by Gerald P. Hodge, 1999, with whom Wendy studied back in the last century. Scroll through this post for examples of student work produced during the workshop. Find Trompe L’oeil Workshop Recording Here ..read more
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5 Warm-Up Exercises to Stretch your Drawing Muscles
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by Emet Lipson
4M ago
5 Warm-Up Exercises to Stretch your Drawing Muscles What do artists and athletes have in common? They both use their bodies as instruments to perform enjoyable activities. To keep their instruments in tip-top shape, they often stretch their muscles before they begin.    Elderberry Study Page by Wendy Hollender   Botanical drawing can take a loooong time, and you may not finish in one sitting. When that unfinished drawing is taunting you from your table, telling you that you couldn’t possibly get back into that zone… Warm up and have fun! Try these 5 simple and effective exercise ..read more
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Set For Success
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by Emet Lipson
4M ago
Set For Success The Power of Preparation When you cook dinner in your kitchen, how do you prepare? You probably clean the countertop, retrieve ingredients, gather utensils, maybe pre-heat the oven. Just as you prepare your kitchen before you jump into the art of cooking, you must prepare your drawing space before you jump into the art of botanical illustration. BEFORE you begin botanical drawing, prepare your workspace, set up your light source and subject, and position yourself so you’re all set for success! Here are some great tips to prepare your workspace before you even put your pencil t ..read more
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Unearth the Perfect Gift
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by Emet Lipson
6M ago
Botanical Art Gift Guide for the Nature-Lover, Art-Enthusiast in your life Surprise your loved ones with a gift that expands their love for the beauty of the natural world. Whether you’re shopping for a seasoned artist or more of a beginner art-enthusiast, let us guide you toward the perfect present that will elevate their artistic journey, and bring the serenity of nature into their lives. SALE THRU FRIDAY, NOV. 24, 2023 Get 20% OFF Zoom Workshops & Recordings when you buy 3 or more Use coupon code FRIYAY at checkout to receive the discount.   Botanical Art Classes   Cultivate ..read more
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Practicing Watercolor Techniques
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by Emet Lipson
6M ago
If patience were an art supply, we think it would be watercolor! Why? Because in order to produce the watercolor painting of your dreams, you need to wait for it to dry completely between layers. Keep reading for more helpful watercolor tips from our instructors.   Artist: Pam Thompson   Go with the flow “Working in watercolor requires not only patience, but also the willingness to relinquish control. With colored pencils, we are mostly able to control what our hands create on the page, but one of the uniquely beautiful aspects of watercolor is the spontaneity and flow of the pigment ..read more
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Welcome to the (Plant) Family
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by Emet Lipson
7M ago
Did you know that Chocolate, Cotton, Okra and Hibiscus are all related?! Plants are classified by their reproductive structures, so plants in the same family have flowers (and other reproductive parts) that look alike, but otherwise, they are free to be their unique (and delicious!) selves.     Plant Blindness The more I draw botanicals, the more I learn about plants. The more I learn about plants, the more I realize how little I knew about them! Humans suffer from “plant blindness,” a term coined by a pair of US botanists and biology educators (Elisabeth Schussler and James Wanders ..read more
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