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.

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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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.

‘ Voyage of discovery……!’

Tricyrtis formosana, Toad lily.
Tricyrtis formosana, Toad lily.

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.

Tricyrtis formosana, Work in Progress
Tricyrtis formosana, Work in Progress

Here are some photos of the work in progress…….

Tricyrtis formosana nearly completed
Tricyrtis formosana nearly completed

Finally….. Ready for its new home!

Detail of Tricyrtis formosana
Detail of Tricyrtis formosana

Mary Dillon           +353 87 2224260            dillonmary@eircom.net.