Botanical Drawing with Wendy Hollender

I spent the weekend in a botanical drawing class. I’ve wanted to take a class from her for years. The Oregon Botanical Artists arranged the class.  I hoped to have more to show from the weekend One of the things Claudia Nice is really good at is sending you off with a nice piece of work. The downside with those workshops was I wasn’t really able to go home and do it on my own. I’m hoping though I have less to show I have more I can practice.

I did get a some things drilled in. Drawing is really really hard. I really want to be able to do it. I like the idea of actual size drawing. You can’t learn how to draw in a weekend. And finally pencil sharpeners suck.

I did better the first day. On the second I tried for hours and wasn’t able to get another view of my tulip on the paper. It kept moving around and opening. Or I would get it down and knock over the frog. I did do some color mixing. I had never been able to get blue and yellow to mix in color pencil and I learned that even the Polychromos are a little water soluble which is handy for blending.

The class was held at the Cornell Farm Nursery farm house. It is a very nice nursery and the room was very pleasant.  The group did a really nice job of organizing the weekend.

Humming Bird 4 and Doodle ATC

I wish I could sleep like normal people. Sukhi started yellmeowing at a quarter to four and I can’t get back to sleep. On the plus side its good art time. Watched a little Alternative Art Cards while doodling some ATC sized watercolor paper and have been working on the second humming bird. Watercolor takes a long time, 10 min of work and a bunch of drying time. I wish I had worked on the humming bird earlier since it should be the focal point.

Have a nice fire but only one log before I need to brave the outdoors to get more wood and hope I don’t bring in more stupid evil wasps.

Hummingbird 3


I saw a hummingbird yesterday morning investigating my glass raindrop mobile as a potential food source. It had better luck with some flowers in the Helton’s front yard. I’m tempted to put up a humming bird feeder if they stick around.

I’m calling the first picture done. My ‘glazing’ was lacking. Got good instruction on the petals and the second one is prettier. Learned a ton from this project. I really liked doing the pen work.

Hummingbird 2

Been up since 3, thank you Sukhi and DST. Tired of not getting enough sleep.  Started a second Hummingbird, trying a different approach, working on the background first.  I’m already getting pressure to give up the first so wanted to keep one for myself.  This project is clearly over documented….

More to come after Mysore.