Upcoming Workshops

Blooming Beautiful Fruits and Seeds

October 10, 11, 2022

3 pm – 7 pm, GMT, (10 am – 2 pm, EST and 7 am – 11 am PDT)

My studio is filled with the scent of roses following my last online class. Thanks to my lovely students from Ireland, the UK, the US, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia for sharing the joy of painting roses.

If you’d like to join my next online adventure- to paint – 

Blooming Beautiful Fruits and Seeds

Monday and Tuesday, October 10 and 11, 2022

3 pm – 7 pm, GMT, ( 11am – 3 pm, EST, and 8 am – 12 noon PDT)

Cost: Euro 150

To Register: Please email me: marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com

Course content:

  • Finding and Mixing the rich warm colours of autumn fruits and seeds
  • Looking very closely at textures using a magnifier.
  • Practicing and Applying wet, damp and dry watercolour techniques
  • Capturing light and shade in small areas
  • Painting fine detail
  • Finishing with a WOW!

FYI:

For those from the Asia Pacific region ……

I have good news! 

I will soon launch an online class for you! Thursday/ Friday, November 3 rd and 4 th. (rescheduled from September)

Time: 5 am – 9 am, GMT, (3 pm – 7 pm, AEDT) Please email for details.

marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com

I’m delighted to regularly offer online opportunities for you to learn botanical watercolour painting with me. During our online workshops we will slow down, taking time to really look at the bright, fresh and vibrant colours of the changing seasons. 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 include:
  • 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 can provide an image and a line drawing of a

simple plant subject for anyone who wishes to use it.

For those who choose to draw their own subject,

I’ll suggest a simple subject.

Students will have time to do some

observational drawing in the class. 

Each workshop will happen over

two days – 4 hours per day. 

Blooming Beautiful- Fruit and Seeds
3 pm  – 7pm, GMT, ( 11 am – 3 pm, EST, and 8 am – 12 noon PDT)
Cost €150

To Register: Please email me: marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com

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.

Barcelona, July 7 – 10, 2022

Completed

Further information please contact:

lauraalonso27@gmail.com

http://www.arte-botanico.com

Online Workshop

Blooming Beautiful – Summer Poppies

Completed

June 17, 18, 2022

June 17 and 18, 2022

3 pm – 7 pm, GMT, ( 11am – 3 pm, EST, and 8 am – 12 noon PDT)

To Register: Please email me: marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com

Our subject for the workshop will be garden or wild poppies.

I will send you a photo and a line drawing to work from for your convenience beforehand. Of course you are welcome to work from your own subject and line drawing.

About a week before the workshop I will send you the notes and accompanying documents which you will need for the workshop. At that time I will also send you the Zoom link to gain access to the class.

Botanical Art Escape, Skiathos, Greece, September 2022

Easy and slow…

Botanical Art Escape with Mary Dillon

Skiathos, Greece. September 2022

Week 1 – September 10 – 17, 2022  – ‘Wild and garden Mediterranean flowers’

Week 2 – September 17 – 24, 2022 – ‘ Fruit from a Mediterranean garden’

Would you like to take a break, to slow down, to escape the stresses of the past months, to feast your senses, enhance your painting skills and master new ones, to rest and nourish your body, your mind and your soul? 

Join me on the beautiful Greek island of Skiathos in September 2022 for a botanical art escape.

During your time every effort will be made to ensure that you sleep well, eat well, rest, paint and explore. 

Tutor – Mary Dillon

Many years ago, I was lucky to find ‘Painting Skiathos’, an art studio offered as a place of retreat by artist Yvonne Ayoub. It has been a place of refuge and inspiration to me and over the years I have grown to know and love this beautiful island and its people. I am excited and happy to share Skiathos with you on this Botanical Art Escape. I am sure you too will fall in love with it’s charm. I’m happy to guide you as you learn and as you paint the wonderful flora of the island. We will be joined by fellow artists Yvonne and Despina during our time. They along with myself, will be happy to do everything possible to make your stay very special.

Time for You!

More than anything , this will be time for you! Time to stop, to really look at plants, to smell, to breathe, to reflect and to immerse yourself in the process of painting.

Time to Paint!

Numbers will be limited to ensure that each person gets personal attention during our studio time. Instruction will benefit those with limited experience and also those with more experience who are aiming to enhance their skills and extend their competence. 

Time to Learn!

We will cover simple techniques to accurately draw plants, by observing their structures and shapes. Learning about light and shadow will bring life to our drawing. Tips to create a dynamic composition will be followed by exploring colour mixing and matching and the simple layered wet and dry watercolor techniques needed to make a botanical painting. Learning, practicing and applying techniques will be our focus. 

There will be an emphasis on examining plants, their structures, colours and textures. We will aim to capture the essence of our plant subjects with a combined focus on aesthetic beauty and scientific truth. 

Skiathos 

Skiathos with its verdant hillsides and turquoise waters, is a perfect fit for artists and nature lovers. It lies in the northern Aegean and enjoys  average temperatures of between 20 and 25 degrees throughout September.

While Skiathos is familiar to us all as the eye watering setting for the film, Mamma Mia, it is an island steeped in rich literary, historical and cultural traditions. 

Kolios

Three of the island’s many beautiful beaches are within easy walking distance from our villa. Kolios lies half way along the island’s main bus route. A short fifteen minute taxi or bus journey away, the main town of Skiathos has an international airport with regular flight connections to many UK and European destinations, along with daily flight connections with Athens. The port of Skiathos has regular ferry services from Thessaloniki, Volos and Agios Constantinos.

Villa Kolios.

Perched just above the bay of Kolios, home for our time in Skiathos will be this beautifully spacious villa. With it’s backdrop of olive trees, fig trees, citrus trees and pines and it’s panoramic views over the bay, Villa Kolios is the ideal location for a relaxing botanical art holiday. The infinity swimming pool is the perfect spot for an early morning or late afternoon swim. The terrace, which extends the entire length of the house is perfect for outside dining, offering spectacular views over the bay.

Studio

Our studio is situated on the ground floor and opens out to the covered pergola. Throughout our week there will be twenty five hours of botanical art tuition in the studio or in ‘the field’. During your free time the studio will be available for some personal painting whenever you wish. A simple art materials list will be provided, but we will keep this to a minimum to accommodate those who are travelling a distance.

Schedule:

Saturday 

Arrival Day

19.00    Welcome drinks reception

20.30.  Supper will be available throughout the evening to facilitate those arriving on the evening Aegean airlines flight from Athens. 

Sunday

8.00     Breakfast on the terrace

9.00     Studio introduction followed by a field trip to discover the local flora.

13.00   Lunch

14.00   Free time to explore, go to the beach, work in the studio.

18.30.  Aperitifs

20.00.  Dinner

Monday/ Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday / Friday 

8.00       Breakfast

9.00       Studio

12.30     Lunch

13.30.    Studio

15.00     Free time for rest, beach, town, walking, continuing in studio.

18.30     Aperitifs

20.00     Dinner

Saturday

8.00      Breakfast on the terrace

10.00    Depart for those staying for one week

For those staying for two weeks there will be a choice of optional workshops on Saturday and Sunday. 

  • PLEIN AIR PAINTING, with YVONNE AYOUB of Painting Skiathos, who will offer an acrylic painting day in the old town of Skiathos. Details to follow. www.paintingskiathos.wordpress.com

In your free time….

Numerous unspoiled beaches nearby within a ten to fifteen minute walk from the villa, with turquoise waters and golden sands for a relaxing swim, following our painting sessions.

Optional afternoon tour of the island’s monasteries and more remote areas, to experience the wild beauty of the island.

Take a boat trip to explore Lalaria and Kastro beaches. Lalaria beach with it’s white pebbles and crystal clear turquoise water and distinctive stone arch, has been named one of the most beautiful in the world. The secluded Kastro beach lies at the bottom of the hillside leading to the ancient city of Kastro. The family run taverna on Kastro beach is a must for a cool drink and delicious Greek snacks.

Choose to watch the original Mamma Mia movie in the outdoor cinema where it had its world premiere.

Enjoy a coffee or digestif at the Bourtzi Bar on the beautiful Venetian Bourtzi, with it’s stunning views over the town and the old port.

Sip a cocktail on the cushions of the steps leading from one of our two dinner locations in town.

Accommodation: 

All rooms have direct access to either a private balcony or patio with views. 

All rooms are either double or twin. Non painting partners or friends are welcome if sharing a room.. Please inquire about the additional costs.

Catering:

  • Breakfast will consist of locally made fresh pastries, fruit, honey, yoghurt, eggs, avocado and bacon. 
  • Buffet lunch with delicious locally sourced fresh ingredients will be available in the villa from Monday to Friday. 
  • Aperitifs will be offered in the villa.
  • Wine is included with dinner each evening.
  • We will enjoy a traditional Greek evening at  O’Batis Taverna overlooking the port and the Bourtzi in Skiathos. O’Batis is run by Eleni who is also an artist and her husband Christos.
  • Another evening we will eat under the mulberry tree in the square at Taverna Alexandros, which is run by Magda and her family. We will be serenaded by Greek rembetiko music. Rembetiko is beyond a genre of music, it encapsulates the soul of Greece. 
  • We have some excellent dining options in Kolios close to the villa and we will also eat at home some evenings. 
  • We are very happy to accommodate any of your particular dietary requirements.

Travel:

Guests are requested to book flights at your own cost. It may be possible to book a charter flight directly into Skiathos from some UK airports. Other flight options might be to fly directly to Athens in time to connect with the evening Aegean airlines flight leaving Athens on Saturday evening. For those wishing to fly into Volos or Thessaloniki, there are direct ferries from both cities into Skiathos most days.

On your arrival into Skiathos, we will arrange for you to be met and brought directly to the villa. Your transfer back to the airport or port will also be facilitated for you. 

Cost for each week.

€1,950 – one person using double or twin room.

Includes:

  • accommodation 7 nights,
  • 7 x breakfast, 
  • 6 x lunch, 
  • 7 x dinner 
  • 25 hrs. botanical art tuition 
  • Use of studio
  • Transfers to and from the airport or port.
  • Transfers to and from Skiathos town on the two evenings when we will have dinner in town.

To book:

  1. Please contact me to check for available places. marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com 
  1. Pay €500 non refundable deposit to secure your place for one week. Pay €750 non refundable deposit to secure your place for two weeks.
  1. I will send the Iban and Bic of my account in order for you to make payment to secure your place.
  1. The remainder is to be paid by May 30, 2022.

Cancellation policy:

If cancellation is necessary, please email me at marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com as soon as possible. 

Your deposit is non refundable.

If you cancel more than 10 weeks from the start date of the course, we will try to find a replacement booking. If we are successful we will refund the balance.

Cancellations advised less than 10 weeks from the start date of the course are not eligible for refunds.

At the time of booking, we recommend that a comprehensive travel insurance policy is in place which includes cancellation and curtailment cover.

Bountiful… Botanical Art Workshop in Barcelona.

October 29 – November 1, 2021

New monthly , new year, new beginnings……

I am very happy to announce details of in- person and online workshops coming in October and November.

Join me in our spacious studio in the art and design district of El Poblenou, Barcelona to paint the warm rich colours of the flowers and fruit of a bountiful autumn.


Course Outline

We will spend from 9 am to 3.30 pm each day learning, practicing and applying the skills required to make a botanical watercolour painting. 

  • Observational, measured drawing and composition to bring movement and life to your painting.
  • Exploring the nuances of colour
  • Watercolour painting with wet and dry and everything in between painting techniques
  • Reflect on the personal process of your painting, to further enrich your learning experience.

By the time you leave you will have enhanced your skills and will have new confidence in moving your botanical painting to new levels of competence.

Studio In El Poblenou, Barcelona

Registration Contact

Laura Alonso is the person to contact at our base in Barcelona. She will be happy to fill you in with all the details required to register.

Laura Alonso: lauraalonso27@gmail.com

Following registration Laura will send you a simple list of required materials. Before the workshop, Laura will send you detailed workshop notes available in English and in Spanish along with other supporting documents to help you prepare for your visit to Barcelona.

http://www.arte-botanico.com


With Laura Alonso in the studio at El Poblenou
Practicing observational drawing

September……New Beginnings

September is feeling like a new start, a tentative start… but one with more of a tangible sense of confidence and bravery than we have experienced for a while. My dear friend and fellow artist, Despina Mitselou from the island of Skiathos, Greece, yesterday shared the Skiathos tradition of celebrating the New Year at the start of September by throwing a pomegranate on the floor of their homes to bring health and happiness.

Punica granatum ‘Nana’ growing along the street in El Poblenou, Barcelona.

‘Bountiful – Punica granatum ‘Nana’ captures the pomegranates as I saw them growing on a tree in El Poblenou, Barcelona, where I was last teaching botanical art during autumn 2019. I just couldn’t take my eyes from the jewel like seeds glistening in these luscious fruits. Having completed numerous sketches in situ and taken lots of colour notes to record details, I began to work on the painting back in my studio at home in Ireland. 

Back in the studio

It was a work in progress over the long months throughout 2020 when all of life had changed for us all. 

It brought me to the warmth and colour of the streets of Barcelona and the rolling hills and turquoise waters of Skiathos, Greece where I first fell in love with these abundant trees . It brought me to the warmth of the people I’ve met in these places.

It was a place of joy and solace as I worked in my studio listening to stories on the radio of sickness and death – of resilience, togetherness and hope. It was a place of bounty and focus, a beckoning force taking me to a place apart when there was nowhere else.

‘Bountiful’ – Punica granatum

Online Workshops – Autumn, 2021

Workshop 1, October 8 and 9, 2021

Warm, Rich and Deep 1. 

Cost €150

Workshop 2, November 5 and 6, 2021

Warm, Rich and Deep 2. 

Cost €150

Workshop 1 and Workshop 2 – Cost €280

Autumn colour

Both workshops will be happening from 14.00 hrs to 19.00 hrs GMT each day to facilitate artists from the west coast through to east coast US and throughout Europe.

Following requests from artists living in Asia and Australasia, I will give an alternative option time wise for my next set of online workshops.

For online workshops, please contact me directly:

marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com

Instagram: @marydillonartist

Online Botanical Painting in Watercolour

Easy and Slow……. Greece……Botanical Art Holiday, September 12 – 18, 2021

Would you like to take a break, to slow down, feast your senses, enhance your painting skills and master new ones, to rest and nourish your body, your mind and your soul? Join me on a beautiful Greek island in September 2021 for a botanical art holiday.

Perched in the heart of a Greek mountain village above the bay of Karystos on the island of Evia, Villa Kasteli, a traditional mountain villa with its panoramic sea and mountain views, is the ideal location for a relaxing botanical art holiday. Just two hours by car and boat from Athens airport, ‘getting away from it all’ couldn’t be easier.

Villa Kasteli

A family run boutique retreat centre for artists, yoga enthusiasts and garden lovers, Villa Kasteli has everything you might need for a relaxing and inspiring botanical art holiday. Run by the Lorenz family, at Villa Kasteli every effort will be made to ensure that you eat well, sleep well, rest, paint and explore.

Terrace where breakfast is served

Studio

Our light filled spacious studio is situated in the midst of beautiful mediterranean garden plants. We will have 25 hours of Botanical art tuition in the studio or in ‘the field’. During your free time the studio will be available for some personal painting.

Light Filled Studio at Villa Kasteli
Painting on the terrace of Villa Kasteli

Local Inspiration

Olive groves and fig trees provide a backdrop to a rich array of native Mediterranean plants in the nearby countryside. The award winning Montofoli Estate and vineyard will be a perfect location for some field studies.

Mediterranean garden plants
Ophrys ferrum and Colchicum autumnale

Native species from the Island of Evia.
Montofoli Estate, Karystos

Featuring :

• Optional guided meditation with gentle stretching to end each day.

• A guided botanical walk along the hillside under the medieval Castello Rosso to the village of Mili.

• Dinner at Stella’s restaurant under the shade of the Platanos orientalis, Greek sycamore trees, in the village of Mili.

• Morning field trip to the nearby Montofoli Estate with time for field studies followed by picnic lunch.

Nearby places to visit :

Castello Rosso (Red Castle), a medieval Venetian Castle overlooking Villa Kasteli.

• Mount Ochi with its hillside pathways.

Unspoiled beaches with turquoise waters and golden sands for a relaxing swim.

Karystos, the perfect spot for afternoon refreshments and people watching.

Castello Rosso which overlooks Villa Kasteli
Getting away from it all………..

Accommodation

Villa Kasteli has four double bedrooms with private bathrooms, an open plan living, dining and kitchen area with a fireplace. An additional four double rooms are available nearby. Accommodation can be booked for either single or double occupancy.

Each bedroom has a large, comfortable double bed. We offer the option of double or single bedding, so if you choose to share your room you don’t have to share bedding.

Catering

Breakfast will consist of locally made fresh pastries, fruit, honey, yoghurt and porridge with a variety of super food toppings. Our chef will prepare lunch and dinner using delicious locally sourced fresh ingredients. We are very happy to accommodate any of your particular dietary requirements. Wine is included with dinner each evening.

Villa Kasteli

Outdoor

We have a beautiful terraced garden for you to explore, a swimming pool and covered pergola. Many outdoor seating areas throughout the garden.

Travel 

Guests are requested to book flights at your own cost, ideally arriving around lunchtime to ensure easy transfer to meet boat schedule in Rafina, and afternoon departures to ensure the same for your return. 

Transfers can be arranged to include meet and greet at Athens airport, taxi to port of Rafina, Boat ticket Rafina to Marmari and pickup from Marmari to Villa Kasteli – two hours door to door € 40 per person each way.

Cost:

€1,600 – one person using double room

€1,300 – per person sharing for two people sharing double room.

Includes:

• 6 nights accommodation

• 6 x breakfast, lunch, dinner

• 25 hrs. botanical art tuition

• Use of studio

• Visit to Montofoli Estate.

To Book:

Please contact me for further details and to check for available places:

marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com

Pay €500 deposit via PayPal to secure your place.