a journey in becoming a botanical illustrator

learning to see the beauty of god's creation
up close and personal

from graphite to watercolor

 
 

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Finding Your Niche

It takes time to find your niche and your style in art.
For me it has meant practicing consistently and taking many online courses.
I found that over time each course revealed a truth about my art that I didn't realize before.

 

Practice Methods

I always say, "Practice makes art!", and it's true!  In Practice Methods you will find various ideas I have for practicing our art on a daily basis.  In order to become botanical illustrators, we must practice daily and these methods will encourage us to do just that.

 
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Getting Inspired To Create!

Maybe you need to see some step by step ideas on how to create a botanical masterpiece. Or maybe looking through some photographs of God's beautiful creation might do the job...

Blog Posts

I write blog posts in order to share with you my botanical illustration journey.  These posts are not just to tell you about what I have learned on my journey, but how to do what I've learned.  Each post is concentrated on a particular subject matter in botanical illustration that will keep us practicing. As I always say, "Practice Makes Art"!

Botanical Photography

I love taking photos of the flowers on my homestead and when I take trips to my favorite place in all the world, Cannon Beach.  In this area I will share with you my botanical photos, along with their common name and Latin names.  Each photograph is meant to inspire and encourage us to get busy creating botanical illustrations!

 

Thank You For Visiting!

Before you go, be sure to Subscribe To My Newsletter below and check out what I am currently working on...  

I hope it will inspire you to get practicing or maybe encourage you to take a course or maybe even say "Yes!" to a commission request!

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What I'm Working On Now

Below you can find any courses I am taking and illustrations or commissions I am working on.

A Cluster Of Grapes

I have been studying grapes for an online course I am putting together and I finally decided to try my hand at this grape cluster in graphite. It's fun, but very difficult to give it the three dimensional look it needs. It has been great practice ...

 

Hydrangea For Mom

My Mom loves Hydrangeas and I thought it would be nice to create a botanical illustration of a Hydrangea in graphite for Mother's Day. She will have to imagine the blue color which are her favorites, but I'm hoping she will love it framed on her wall.

 

Sketchbook Revival Cont'd

Well, Sketchbook Revival is over, but I'm continuing on with my sketching from photos... I've been working on this Venice sketch for a couple of days now and wanted to show you what I have so far.  I finished the sketch for the most part and have begun...

 

Do You Ever Feel All Caged Up Artistically?
Do You Have Real Life Struggles Between
Art & Faith?

Well, I Do!!

 Don't worry about my wonderful Australian Shepherd, Cooper. He has a wonderful life and I took this photo as he was proclaiming to me with his eyes that it was time for me to take him for his daily walk in the park. :)

Don't worry about my wonderful Australian Shepherd, Cooper.
He has a wonderful life and I took this photo as he was proclaiming to me with his eyes that it was time for me to take him for his daily walk in the park. :)

 

Here's A Book To Read

I'm reading a book that my friend, Victoria, recommended to me - and I find it so interesting that I want to share it with you too!

"Walking On Water: Reflections On Faith And Art"
by Madeleine L'Engle

You can read along with me if you'd like - I have read through Chapter 3

I have it on my Nook to read, but I also downloaded it through iTunes, so I can listen while I work on my art pieces.

 
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