Online Botanical Painting in Watercolour

Blooming Beautiful

with Mary Dillon

Workshop 1. Wild and Garden Blooms. June 2, 3, 2021

Workshop 2. A Summer Garden. June 24, 25, 2021

I’m delighted to offer online opportunities for you to learn botanical watercolour painting with me.

During each online workshop we will slow down, taking time to really look at our plant subjects.

Using first wet and then dry watercolour painting techniques we will experience the mindful process of botanical art while learning to capture the beauty of our natural world.

Demonstrations will include:

  • Observational drawing
  • Colour mixing and matching
  • Capturing light and shade
  • Layering of colours
  • Painting fine detail
  • Finishing with a WOW!

To make the experience as stress free as possible, I will provide an image and a line drawing of a simple flower or plant subject for anyone who wishes to use it. For those who choose to draw their own subject, I’ll suggest a simple subject, for example- wild poppy / petunia.

The workshops will happen over two days – 5 hours per day.

Workshop 1. 

June 2, 3, 2021 

Wild and Summer garden flowers

1 pm  – 6 pm, GMT, ( 9 am – 2 pm, EST, and 6 am – 11 am PDT)

Cost €140

To Register: Please email me:

Workshop 2.

Wild and Summer garden blooms.

June 24, 25, 2021 

3 pm  – 8 pm, GMT, ( 11 am – 4 pm, EST, and 8 am – 1 pm PDT)

Cost €140

To Register: Please email me:

The following will be included:

  • Course outline with objectives
  • Course notes
  • Materials list
  • Colour list and image for palette layout
  • Image and line drawing of plant
  • Template for watercolour layering
  • Slideshow presentations
  • Video demonstrations
  • Live demonstrations
  • Feedback will be available throughout by email.

Thanks to these previous students for your kind responses to previous online workshops.

Mary is a world class botanical artist and an outstanding, engaging and inspiring teacher who has helped me take my botanical artwork to new heights. Her ‘Painting with Movement and Depth’ ZOOM class was truly breakthrough and highly enjoyable. Mary shared her unique insights and approaches to achieve beautiful botanical painting along with very clear, step-by-step demonstrations. She made sure we had time for personal practice at each phase and provided individual feedback that was so helpful and encouraging. The course was so well organized and included great supplemental materials. I am so happy that I took Mary’s class and look forward to taking more of her classes in the future.


New York, USA  

Mary’s online workshop ‘Painting with Movement and Depth’ helped me move to another level with my watercolor painting. Mary shared her process with us in an organized and fun way. There was plenty of time for painting practice and she gave immediate feedback on our work.


California, USA

In a recent online workshop for the New York Botanical Garden, Mary taught us the four essential steps she uses in her amazing work. As it becomes clear that the latter steps require patience, perseverance and perhaps forbearance, Mary reminds us that we are creating an emotional connection to the plant and the painting for both artist and viewer. With her warm and engaging teaching style, Mary invites us to slow down and recharge as we make choices and create. I look forward to my next opportunity to work with Mary either in person or online.


Massachusetts, USA

I wish to thank you sincerely for this WONDERFUL online class. It is the first time that all the concepts of layering the paint fall together in the right place for me. The explanations, demonstrations, guidance are just perfect. And I love your comprehensive and constructive feedback on our work. To me, you are one of today’s greatest botanical artists.



Mary Dillon

Instagram: @marydillonartist

2 thoughts on “Online Botanical Painting in Watercolour

  1. Hello Mary, I realize the dates for workshop 2 are actually better for me if they are still available. So I’d like to register for June 24 & 25 Not June 2 & 3. Thank you, Fionnuala Lynch

    Sent from my iPhone



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