February 1st, 2013

Botanical Painting Takes a Lot of Patience

by Alex Hallatt

Having recently moved to the area, I thought that taking some local classes would be a good way of getting out and about and meeting people (cartooning is a solitary experience). I’m doing an Art Class in Axminster on a Thursday and today there was a very ¬†good botanical artist visiting.

Trisha Hayman does painstaking work. She collects leaves, shells, feathers and other botanical specimens and then paints them dot by dot. Her work was inspiring, but I knew that I’d struggle to replicate the technique. I have very little patience and completely messed up my first study (a stone!).

Observation is key and taking a better look (and with advice on contrast, in particular) helped me to make a better job of this slipper shell.

I don’t think I’ll be changing career any time soon, but it’s fun to try something new.

For more of Trisha’s work, please visit her blog here:¬†trishahayman.wordpress.com

 

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