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

Online Botanical Painting in Watercolour

Warm, Rich and Deep – Nature’s Seasonal Colour

with Mary Dillon

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Workshop 1.  Warm, Rich and Deep – 1  October 8 and 9, 2 pm to 7 pm, GMT

Workshop 2.  Warm, Rich and Deep – 2  November 5 and 6, 2 pm to 7 pm, GMT

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

During our online workshop we will slow down, taking time to really look at the warm, rich and deep 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 the flowers and fruit of autumn.

Demonstrations will 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 will provide an image and a line drawing of a simple plant subject for anyone who wishes to use it. You are free to work from your own subject choice. Students will have time to do some observational drawing in the class. 

Cherry picking ©️Mary Dillon

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


Workshop 1. – Warm, Rich and Deep 1.

October 8 and 9, 2021

2 pm  – 7pm, GMT, ( 10 am – 3 pm, EST, and 7 am – 12 noon PDT)

Cost €150

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


Workshop 2. – Warm, Rich and Deep 2.

November 5 and 6, 2021

2 pm – 7 pm GMT, ( 10 am – 3 pm, EST, and 7 am – 12 noon PDT)

Cost €150

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


Please note:

Those wishing to take both workshops might like to know that we will be working from different subjects in each workshop.

Workshop 1 and Workshop 2 – Reduced Cost €280


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 students for your kind responses to previous online workshops

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.

Liz, 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.

Joan, 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.

Linda, Canada

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. 


Amy, New York, USA.

Rosa canina, Wild Rose – Online demonstration

Rhapsody in Blue 2 ©️Mary Dillon

www.marydillonbotanicalart.com

Instagram: @marydillonartist

New work

‘The human being is the most adaptable animal’.

This was one of my Dad’s favourite sayings, usually quoted as he stood washing dishes looking out the kitchen window at the birds, the hedgerows and the fields here on the outskirts of Kilkenny in the south east of Ireland. He had a fascination for nature, people and all of life so who knows what thoughts he mused over as he reached for his synopsis of Darwinian theory.

Had he lived, Dad would have been ninety this past week. I’ve wondered over the past few months what he would have made of the huge challenges we have been faced with. I think, like so many, he would have been wise, resilient, resourceful, self reliant but empathetic and very conscious of others. He would have adapted. We’ve all had to adapt, to change our plans, our ways of working and being – with the hope of better things to come.

Wintering Out- Acanthus mollis

Wintering Out – Acanthus mollis ©️Mary Dillon

As a botanical artist, I am fascinated by the notion of temporal change in the plant world. Every moment in the life cycle of a plant is just that, a moment in time, even when it seems that all life has left the plant, change continues to occur. The dynamism of growth, from the first sprouting of a seed to the last moment of change in colour and form of the dying plant, utterly captivates me. 

While walking in Birr Castle Demesne last winter, I was captivated by the shiny gloriously coloured seedpods of the acanthus as it faded back into the herbaceous border. Moving from warm yellows to greens and into inky deep blues, I was drawn in both by the colours but also by the complex twisty spiked forms. From the first moment this acanthus caught my eye, I thought of the Seamus Heaney anthology ‘Wintering Out’. How apt that his words ‘if we can winter this one out we can summer anywhere’ have encouraged us during these challenging days.

Nerines bowdenii

Nerines bowdenii ©️Mary Dillon

Initially, I intended to make a botanical illustration of Nerines bowdenii. However, life and other commitments prevented me from following my original intention. I kept the flowers in my studio and after about two months I realised that they had continued to change into the most mesmerising colours and forms. I was completely blown away by their beauty as they became more and more frail and delicate in the process of dying.

Bountiful- Punica granatum ‘Nana’

Bountiful- Punica granatum ‘Nana’ ©️ Mary Dillon

Bountiful- Punica granatum ‘Nana’ is twice life size. It captures some pomegranates with one dangling precariously from a tree. I found them growing in El Poble Nou, Barcelona, where I was teaching botanical art during autumn 2019. I just couldn’t take my eyes from the jewel like seeds glistening in the fruits. Having completed numerous sketches in situ and taken lots of colour notes and photographs to record details, I began to work on the painting back in my studio at home in Ireland.

It’s been a work in progress over the past few months when life has changed for us all. It brought me to the warmth and colour of the streets in Barcelona and to other pomegranate trees, particularly those I’ve seen in Skiathos in Greece where I first fell in love with pomegranates. It’s brought me to the warmth of the people I’ve met in those places. It’s been a place of solace and focus, a beckoning force taking me to a place apart when there was nowhere else. It’s been 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.

Wintering Out – Acanthus mollis, is currently showing in ‘Through the Artist’s Eye – Birr Castle Demesne’. www.birrcastle.com

Nerines bowdenii and Punica granatum ‘Nana’ will both be shown in ‘Exploring Botany – Botanical Art from Europe and Japan, Past and Present’, The Manggha Museum of Japanese Art and Technology, Krakow, Poland. The exhibition will open when current restrictions have been lifted in Poland. www.manggha.pl

Reproductions

Tulipa Black Parrot Mary Dillon

Archival quality prints of all of Mary’s botanical paintings are available in signed and numbered limited editions. 

They are printed by Exhibit A – Ireland’s only fine art printer member of the UK Fine Art Print Trade Guild. Exceptional standards of lightfastness and ph balance are guaranteed. Each print is produced using archival quality pigment inks on museum quality fine art Hahnemuhle paper. 

Editions:

A4 – 100

A3 – 100

A2 – 25

A1 – 25

Prices are from €120 including packaging in a postal roll and postage with tracking.

Please contact Mary with enquiries regarding prints, framed or unframed and shipping:

marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com

Pink Poppies ©️Mary Dillon
Rhapsody in Blue 1, ©️Mary Dillon
Rhapsody in Blue 2, ©️Mary Dillon
Honeysuckle ©️Mary Dillon
Pomegranate – overspill, ©️Mary Dillon
Cherries, ©️Mary Dillon

Spring in Barcelona – Postponed -New dates- November 5 – 8, 2020.

Tulipa rococo work in progress

Spring is just around the corner…..
Barcelona will be blooming with almond blossoms, irises and tulips.

Almond Blossoms

Join me there for a botanical art workshop in March.
‘Get away from it all to paint……..’

Enhance your painting skills and master new skills. Our focus will be on colour and how to use a limited colour palette of transparent paints to capture the beauty of spring blooms.

Understanding the nuances of warm and cool colours will help us to reveal the essence of spring flowers, petal by petal.

Please contact me or Laura Alonso to secure your place:

lauraalonso27@gmail.com

Or

marydillonbotanicalart@gmail.com

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With Nuria Valles and Laura Alonso at Studio Art Valles, Barcelona
Espai Joliu- where plants and coffee meet. Across from Studio Art Valles
Leafy El Poblenou, Barcelona

Easy and Slow……. Botanical Painting Workshops 2020

Barcelona, March 2020 – Posponed – New Dates: November 5 – 8, 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

lauraalonso27@gmail.com

http://www.arte-botanico.com

Nuria , Laura agus Mise in Studio Art Valles

 

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Transylvania, June 28 th to July 4 th, 2020 –

Postponed – New Dates: June 27 – July 3, 2021

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.

james.decandole@outlook.com

www.podart.space

Studio in Copşa Mare

New Courses for 2019

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Rhapsody in Blue Roses, Continuum. ©️Mary Dillon

Barcelona

October 31 – November 3, 2019

Cork

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.

Barcelona

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.

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Contact:

Please contact Laura Alonso for further information:

lauraalonso27@gmail.com

http://www.arte-botanico.com

 

Cork

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.

Contact:

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

info@classicalartatelier.com

http://www.classicalartatelier.com

+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

Spain

Barcelona

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

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ABOUT THE WORKSHOPS:

Barcelona

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

http://www.arte-botanicao.com

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Austria

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:

office@botanische-illustration.at

http://www.botanische-illustration.at

 

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.

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Ireland

Clonmel

November 19 – 23, 2018

About the workshops:

Venue: Tipperary County Museum

For Bookings please contact:       

Julia Walsh:  museum@tipperarycoco.ie

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

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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

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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.

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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

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2016 Botanical Art Workshops

Botanical Art – Painting the flowers and bulbs of Spring

with experienced artist and tutor, 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

Euro 120

For more information: phone – 087 2224260 / email – dillonmary@eircom.net

 

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.

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

 

 

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Painting Tulipa ‘Rococo’ MD