Learning the beautiful art of painting plants!

 

What is it about flowers and plants that stirs us, that makes us stop in our tracks to take a second look? Is it colour, form, or the complexity or simplicity of their structure? For many of us, seeing a flower will evoke a memory, bringing us to another time or place.

 

Nasturtium, MD
Nasturtium, MD

 

Sweet Pea, MD
Sweet Pea, MD

 

White Tulip, MD
White Tulip, MD

 

Each of us will have our own personal response to this question. That’s the wonder of what makes us just as, if not more diverse and intriguing as these beautiful objects of interest that capture our imagination. If you are like me and you also love to paint then you too will be compelled to learn the art of painting plants!

 

 

Fuchsia magellica, Deora De, Mary Dillon
Fuchsia magellica, Deora De, Mary Dillon

 

Life throws us lemons every once in a while and happily for me some time ago, just when I most needed a focus, I embarked on a course in botanical art and illustration. For me the SBA distance learning diploma course was a huge challenge, stretching me in ways beyond my expectations. In time, painting botanical art proved to have powers of healing both in body and spirit!

 

 

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Canna ‘Black Knight’ WIP Mary Dillon

 

 

Learning the skills required to paint botanical art was invaluable. Albeit from a distance, I reaped the benefit of constructive criticism and unwavering encouragement from experienced tutors, like Margaret Stevens, Founding Director of the SBA course, among others. Simon Williams became the new course Director in the latter months of my studies, ably forging the way forward for the course.

 

Having spent many years as an Arts Educator both with students in post primary school and in providing continuing professional development for teachers, I firmly believe in the value of face to face tuition. While the SBA diploma course fulfilled so many of my needs, I felt I needed to learn directly from others too.

 

I’m grateful to inspiring artists and teachers, Susan Sex, Fiona Strickland and Robert McNeil for their generosity of spirit marking them out as true teachers. Just as we learn to love from those who love us, I feel we learn to teach from those who teach us.  Margaret, Simon, Susan, Fiona and Robert all belong to a wide group of artists and teachers, whose wish is not just to keep their artistic talents to themselves, but who want to share their experience with others, simply because they love painting and plants!

 
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Botanical Painting Days

In recent times, I’ve enjoyed the privilege of guiding people as they explore this beautiful art form.
Whether you’re a beginner or experienced and keen to learn some new exciting approaches to painting plants in a systematic and enjoyably relaxing way, these days are for you.

Come along and join me!

Where:         Kilkenny City

When:           Saturdays, March 28th, April 18th and June 6th. 10am – 3pm

 

If you’d like to join me for a day painting flowers and plants,

Contact :        +353872224260 / dillonmary@eircom.net

 

 

Painting Tulipa 'Rococo' MD
Painting Tulipa ‘Rococo’ MD

 

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6 comments on “Learning the beautiful art of painting plants!

  1. Hello Mary,

    First of All let me compliment you with your beautiful work!
    I recently started with botanical painting for about a year, and really enjoying it!
    It’s addicting!!
    I’ve should started the SBA distance course but due to personal circumstances I could not start this year.
    So, what better than doing some short courses or several different days?
    Are the three days all separate or joined together?
    What are the costs and do you have several groups, like starters or advanced?
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful work on your blog and giving others the change to learn from you.

    Kind regards,

    Maria

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    • Hi Maria,I understand what you mean when you say how ‘addicting’ botanical art can be. It’s great to be taking a chance to paint whenever you can! Each workshop can be taken as ‘stand alone’ or taken together I hope to focus on various skills to enhance your painting. In that way we can build on skills learned from one workshop to the next. As the groups will be small, I will be able to take each person at their own level of experience. Feel free to email if I can be of further help. Regards, Mary

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