I am proud to have the opportunity to teach my process of observation, research, and creativity at a Nature Sketching workshop at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (or BRIT) this coming March. We'll work on a few loose drawing exercises to warm up, then stroll over to the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens to do some observation. When we're done sketching, we'll utilize the BRIT's extensive library on the second floor to do some research about our favorite plant, then finish our pieces with color, information, and creative elements.
If you or anyone you know in the Dallas/Fort Worth area would be interested in attending, please follow the link below:
The version of ocotillo that I visited in my local botanical gardens was not nearly as leaf-covered or flowering, but a little research and creativity can help make a great impromptu botanical sketchbook page even in January when most plants are gray and leafless.
Last week I took a stroll through the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, found a tree that I wasn’t familiar with, and did some sketches. I went home, was able to successfully ID it as a Cherry Laurel, and added some color and information (and a sketch of the flower since those weren’t visible in January). This sort of creative and informal botanical plate is a sample of the process that I’ll be teaching in my upcoming workshop at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in March. We are fortunate to be within strolling distance of the Fort Worth Botanic Gardrens and the Botanical Research Institute’s libraries for our sketching and research. I hope to see some old and new faces there! Here’s the link to the class registration: https://www.brit.org/adult-education-classes-workshops/botanical-arts-and-crafts/nature-sketching
I like the visual format of the “top nine” posts that a lot of people do on Instagram around the New Year, so I went and illustrated my own version; not of my most-liked Instagram posts, but just of some really special things that happened in 2018.
That feeling when you finish a big creative project and then a mild feeling of purposelessness sets in, so you distract yourself with mind-numbing work like sketching and cataloging leaves from field guides. Also there are no observable leaves on trees right now (except for three species, can you guess which ones?), so I wonder if I’ll actually remember any of this in the spring?