Mary delights in the process of botanical art. Capturing the essence of a plant with it's sensuality, beauty and frailty in a contemporary scientifically truthful way is her greatest challenge as an artist. She encourages the viewer to look again and really see the complex magical world of plants.
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 – email@example.com +353 57 86 41740
July 9 – 13, 2018 Barcelona, Spain
Enquiries: Laura Alonso – firstname.lastname@example.org +34 666 994 367
Further details: www.arte-botanico.com
Enquiries: Laura Alonso – lauraalonso27 @gmail.com
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.
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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.
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.
Botanical Art – Painting the flowers and bulbs of Spring
with experienced artist and tutor, Mary Dillon
Tulipa ‘Black Parrot’ WIP,Mary Dillon
Friday April 22nd and Saturday April 23rd 2016
Located in Kilkenny city
close to the ring road around the city – with easy road and rail access
(1hr 12mins by car from the Red Cow, Dublin)
Paint in an easy relaxed atmosphere.
Whatever your level of experience, learn techniques to enhance your painting.
Numbers limited to allow for one to one tuition
Subjects will be included
Morning and afternoon refreshments included
Please bring your own materials for watercolour painting
For more information: phone – 087 2224260 / email – email@example.com
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I have been involved in Art Education for many years, both with students in post primary school and in the area of providing continuing professional development for teachers.In 2011 I decided to focus specifically on my interest in Botanical Art and pursued the diploma in botanical art and illustration with the Society of Botanical Artists, graduating in May, 2014 with a diploma with distinction.
In March 2014, I became the founding Chairperson of the Irish Society of Botanical Artists. I coordinated the team responsible for the inaugural ISBA exhibition project, Aibítir, involving over seventy five participating artists.
In 2015, I was invited to become an associate member of the SBA.
I find teaching botanical art particularly rewarding as it gives me an opportunity to share my skills and to encourage others to see the world of plants in a new and exciting way.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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,
I was recently introduced to this beauty and commissioned to paint it in all its glory. Tricyrtis formosana or Toad lily is full of interesting features. From its deep magenta unopened buds through to its curiously spotted flowers, its seed head and its magenta marked leaves.
Here are some photos of the work in progress…….
Finally….. Ready for its new home!
Mary Dillon +353 87 2224260 firstname.lastname@example.org.