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

Phormium tenax©️Mary Dillon

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

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