It all started when...

I applied to the RBGE Certificate Online Course and received a letter of acceptance!

I have to say that after applying to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in Scotland - Certificate Course back in February of 2017 and waiting until September to hear if I had been accepted, I was shocked!

And wouldn't you know that it couldn't come at a more crazy time in my life.  It's not calm with not much to do like I would like it to be... As a matter of fact, it's so crazy that I actually considered saying, "No, I just can't do it right now."

But deep inside I felt God give me a nudge to trust Him in this too. So here I am posting my first thoughts about my almost four year botanical illustration journey that lies ahead of me provided I do well in this six month RBGE Certificate Course and then get accepted into the almost three and a half year RBGE Diploma Course... Ready, set - Here I go!

One more thing. Even though it's not the ideal time with all that's going on in my life right now, it really couldn't be better timing with my youngest child entering into homeschool 9th grade at the same time I begin this course - We just may be graduating together in four years - WOW!

Thank you for joining me on this journey. I will continue to post updates to my RBGE Course here - so please check in periodically to see what I'm up to.

October 9, 2017

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.
— Proverbs 3:5-6



October 12, 2017 - I have been spending my time learning the online classroom for the RBGE and introducing myself to my fellow classmates who come from all over the world. It's so exciting to be a part of such amazing opportunities on the internet! I can't wait to see what the next six months bring.

Today was our first opportunity to get started in our studies and it began in a way that all botanical illustration courses should begin - with graphite work. It is important that we become familiar with our tools and this first study is perfect to accomplish the familiarity of our graphites.

My favorites are the Faber-Castell 9000 Series which is what we were recommended to use for this course. We were to focus this unit on the 3H, HB & 3B pencils, but could include others as well.

Unit 1 - Activity 1 (Constance).jpg

I have a total of 4 Activities in Unit 4, so I will be including them here as I complete each one.  I hope you will join me on my journey to becoming a botanical illustrator through the RBGE.