Easy and Slow……. Botanical Painting Workshops 2020

Barcelona, March 2020

Join me at our light filled studio in the design quarter of colourful Barcelona to enhance your skills and to experience the reflective process of botanical art.

Leafy shade in El Poblenou
Tonal studies

Bring movement vitality and depth to your botanical art as we focus on creating dynamic composition and explore the nuances of layering colour.

©️Mary Dillon

Suitable for all levels.

Beginners: March 18 – 22, 2020

Improvers and experienced artists: March 19 – 22, 2020

Practicing blending techniques
Exploring colour
Thank you Nuria for your special lunch.

Enquires: please contact Laura Alonso



Nuria , Laura agus Mise in Studio Art Valles

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Transylvania, June 28 th to July 4 th, 2020

Copşa Mare, Transylvania

The de Candole family hold master classes at home in Copşa Mare. I will be giving a master class there focusing on the wild flowers of summer meadows, in Summer 2020.

©️Mary Dillon

Classes are limited to just 5 students. We will spend a week working on live material we find in the hills. Periods of intensive study are balanced with plenty of fresh air, exercise & local food.

Lunch prepared by the De Candole family

During your stay, you may study the Transylvania Florilegium, with over 100 illustrations of local plants drawn by 35 artists, each accompanied by John Akeroyd’s text giving scientific details.

Places are limited to just five students in each class. To be sure of yours, please book in good time!

Enquiries: James de Candole.



Studio in Copşa Mare

Botanical at Emo Court, CoTaCa Cafe, Co Laois

I’m very excited to be kicking off Exhibition season with a showing of my paintings and limited edition pigment ink prints in CoTaCa Cafe at Emo Court, Co. Laois.

Emo Court House is a neo-classical mansion in County Laois that attracts visitors from all over the country and beyond. Designed by noted architect James Gandon, it features magnificent gardens and is located just 2.5 km from Emo village and 7 km from Portarlington Railway Station.

In 1994, the then owner, Cholmeley Harrison presented Emo Court House to the people of Ireland, continuing to live there in private apartments until his death in 2008. Staff of the Office of Public Works (OPW) now care for the estate and preserve its stately elegance for modern visitors. The first floor of Emo Court has now been restored and returned to it’s former elegance.

Pink Petunias ©️Mary Dillon

I’m delighted to have been asked to show my paintings and limited edition pigment ink prints in the beautiful surrounds of Emo Court House and Gardens.

The exhibition will be open until Monday, August 5, 2019.

. Gazpacho Tomato ©️Mary Dillon

Summer Cherries ©️Mary Dillon


For enquiries regarding paintings or limited edition prints please contact me  at marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com or +353872224260.


New Courses for 2019


Rhapsody in Blue Roses, Continuum. ©️Mary Dillon


October 31 – November 3, 2019


September 13 – 15, 2019

I am pleased to share with you some updates on workshops I will be giving later in 2019 and in 2020.


October 31 – November 3, 2019

I am delighted to be returning to Barcelona in late October to offer a workshop in botanical art. While I will be covering the basic techniques needed for beginners in botanical art, this time I will also be preparing a specific ‘first day’ of the course for those with a little more experience and those who have attended previous workshops.

Barcelona poster



Please contact Laura Alonso for further information:





Having just finished a wonderful three day workshop for beginners in botanical art techniques in Waterford, facilitated by  Classical Art Atelier, we are now planning another workshop to be based in Cork from September 6 – 8, 2019. This will be a great opportunity for those who would like to learn the essential techniques required to make a botanical painting.


Please contact Adrian Cooke of Classical Art Atelier for further information.



+353 (0)87 6609644C8B9B76E-270E-4A11-A07F-5E77DD51DCC7



Upcoming workshops 2018 / 2019

Easy and slow…..!
Learning the art of botanical painting
with Mary Dillon


I am happy to give you details of some upcoming workshops I will be giving. I look forward to sharing with you my love for plants, painting and botanical art.

Spain     –    February 21 – 24, 2019

                     October 31 – November 3, 2019

Austria   –   May 17, 2019

Ireland    –   November 19 – 23, 2018



Course 1: February 21 -24, 2019
Course 2: October 31 – November 3, 2019




February 21- 24, 2019

October 31 – November 3, 2019

Studio: Art Valles, Carrer Pallars, Barcelona. Time: 9 am to 3.30 pm each day
Cost: €280

Taking our inspiration from the changing seasons we will practise observational drawing to focus on light, form and composition before moving on to learning the basics of wet and dry watercolour techniques. By exploring a vibrant but simple colour palette we will use transparent layers of colour to bring vitality to our painting.

A small group will allow for demonstrations and individual tuition. This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience.

Enquiries to Laura Alonso: lauraalonso27 @gmail.com





Vienna .

Vienna School of Botanical Illustration

Botanical Garden of The University of Vienna


Get Together 2019, May 12 to 19


Watercolour for Botanical Illustration with Mary Dillon

Friday, May 17, 2019

Time: 10.00 am to 18.00 pm

Cost: €100 

Enquiries regarding workshop and Get Together 2019 registration:




To facilitate broader group collaboration, the Vienna School of Botanical Illustration are organising GET TOGETHER 2019 where artists can meet, exchange ideas and work together in practical workshops. Specialist visits to museums and archive collections along with a field trip to the Donau – Auden National Park will also be included. Portfolio showcases will be given by botanical illustrators and the workshop instructors. These will last one to two hours in the mornings and will be followed by a discussion.

All components of the programme are independent so that attendees can decide on their own level of involvement.








November 19 – 23, 2018

About the workshops:

Venue: Tipperary County Museum

For Bookings please contact:       

Julia Walsh:  museum@tipperarycoco.ie



Easy and Slow……..! The art of botanical painting.



Easy and slow…..!

Learning the art of botanical painting.

Botanical art challenges us to capture in a painting the essence of a plant, it’s beauty, frailty, strength and intimacy and to do so in a truthful way.

Throughout 2018 I have some exciting workshops coming up that I’d like to share with you. In July there will be two workshops, one close to home in Ireland and following that I will be giving a workshop in Barcelona, Spain.

If you’d like to join me for one of these workshops please make contact for further information.

July 2 – 6, 2018     Laois Art House, Stradbally, Co. Laois, Ireland

Enquiries:  Muireann Ni Chonaill  –  artsoff@laoiscoco.ie         +353 57 86 41740

July 9 – 13, 2018    Barcelona, Spain

Enquiries: Laura Alonso – lauraalonso27@gmail.com   +34 666 994 367

Further details:  www.arte-botanico.com  IMG_0007

Enquiries: Laura Alonso – lauraalonso27 @gmail.com

Mary Dillon – marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com

Flowers in Watercolour – Light, Form and Colour; Barcelona workshops – September 4 – 8, 12 -15, 2017.

I am very excited to be giving Botanical Art Workshops in Barcelona, over the first two weeks of September, 2017.

The workshops will take place in APIC, the Association of Professional Illustrators of Catalunya. While most of our work will take place in their well lit, air conditioned studios, we will also take opportunities to visit local markets and Botanic Gardens in Barcelona for some observational drawing and sketching.

Back in the studio we will capture the sensuality of flowers using wet and dry watercolour techniques. Looking at light and form we will focus on making an engaging composition.

Sketch for Petunia painting MD

Exploring a vibrant but simple colour palette we will use transparent layers of colour to bring vitality to our painting.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to enhance your skills while at the same time being able to enjoy spending some time in beautiful Barcelona with all the magic of the Mediterranean on your doorstep. We would love to see you in sunny Spain!

For further information including  cost and a list of recommended materials,please contact workshop facilitator, Laura Alonso or myself.

Email: lauraalonso27@gmail.com

Email: dillonmary@eircom.net

TULIPA rococo work in progress MD

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Tulipa rococo Mary Dillon