This course, as did the previous, draws upon Bente Starcke King's Beautiful Botanicals. In this introductory week we are asked to skim the introduction, materials, and chapters 1 - 4. Although no longer in print, it's easily available at a reasonable price. I have a copy and especially enjoy the spiral binding. Cornell makes available scanned pages for students not wishing to invest in a book.
These books, all in my library, are listed as additional resources:
- Painting Plant Portraits: A Step-by-Step Guide by Keith West
- How To Draw Plants: The Techniques of Botanical Illustration by Keith West
- Painting Flowers in Watercolour: A Naturalist Approach by Coral G. Guest
It's been three months since the last course ended. I went back over my posts to remind myself where I've been all this time--calligraphy, illuminations, zoomorphics, color charts, robins, skunk cabbage, and some hellish loose w/c attempts. A good range of topics, even if some were ever so briefly touched upon. I think it is the Celtic art that I found most endearing and I will want to slide back into that later this year. Getting back to the course...
Here are the weekly lessons topics:
- Lesson 1: Brush Care, Preparing Paper, Getting to Know Color
- Lesson 2: Applying a Wash
- Lesson 3: Other Helpful Watercolor Techniques: continuing to become confident with brush, paint and water.
- Lesson 4: Painting in Watercolor: Keep it Simple to Begin With
- Lesson 5: Progressing Toward More Complexity
- Lesson 6: Pulling it All Together
There. That's the plan! Naturally subject to change, but a start that I am comfortable and excited with. :-)