RBGE - Unit 9

Activity 1

Activity 1 - Color Matching & 3D Rendering

March 3 - I spent time adding some graphite work today. This is the first graphite work I've done in a few weeks and I noticed once again that I enjoy both graphite and watercolor now! It's so cool to feel this way and I'm very excited about it!


I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Sabbath Rest this weekend!



The flowers have already appeared in the land;
The time has arrived for pruning the vines,
And the voice of the turtledove has been heard in our land.
— Song of Solomon 2:12

March 4-6 - Moving along slowly, but surely with my RBGE Final Composition.  I have until March 31 to get it finished and turned in. However, my first grandbaby boy is due on March 15, so I need to keep moving along consistently and stay ahead of the game.

I have also been taking some time on the side to work on my watercolor technique.  For me, it's really hard to remember to lay down my first washes lightly and to keep them light, adding some dry brush only when I'm ready to do more intricate and detailed work. It's easy to want to go dark and heavy quickly, but that only results in thick, globby areas that don't look convincing and are a mess to try to work with.  Laying down light, watery washes is harder with this Saunders Waterford paper, but I'm working through it with lots of patience.

In my extra practice below, I am using my favored Moulin du Roy watercolor block and I love, love, love it.  This paper is so smooth and just plain lovely!  I can use the lightest of washes with lots of water and it works with no bleeding!  It is so tempting to transfer my whole composition drawing to a piece of Moulin du Roy and begin it all again, but that would not be wise with the time I have left and the events of March that are coming, so I'm pressing on.  Still, I am happy with it all :)


Adding more graphite layers to the flower and seed head today...


I have been thinking ahead to a plan of using all that I have learned.  I want to put everything into practice right away so I don't lose anything.  I will definitely return to my Drawing and Painting Leaves Online Course with Dianne Sutherland and complete it.  And I have become a member of Sketchbooksquirrel.com  with Jarnie Godwin which will provide ideas for things to work on and for continuing to perfect my watercolor technique.  By the way, both of these online courses/tutorials I highly recommend!

Thank you for stopping by - I'll be back soon. I just learned that my daughter's water broke and my little grandbaby is on his way pretty soon!!!



March 7-10 - Well, you will not find any creation of mine here during these days, but you will find a beautiful creation of God!  On March 7 at 1:56 a.m., my pregnant (oldest) daughter's water broke and she and my wonderful son-in-law brought into this world our very first grandson at 2:58 p.m.!!!

Yes! I'm a Grandma!!
Best day Ever!! :)

His name is August Michael and he weighs 7 lbs, 6 oz. and is 19.5 inches long. I am simply overwhelmed with God's goodness and His desire to bless us with such amazing gifts! My heart overflows with praise and worship of my Creator!

For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
— Psalm 139:13
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
— Psalm 139:14
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
— Psalm 139:15
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
— Psalm 139:16-18

I suppose you can see all the distractions I have had during this 6 months of the RBGE Certificate Course, some like Lil' Baby August are the best distractions, and others are harder to bear... But this is life - this is my life and I wouldn't change a thing!

Now back to painting... You may like to know I may have a change of plan and this with only 21 days left before the course ends!

My painting is flat and that was confirmed with a kind note from my wonderful tutor.  There is no 3D effect to my flowers and this must be fixed.  I am actually debating at this point trying to fix it while dealing with this Saunders Waterford watercolor paper, or making a new start at my composition all together and switching to my favored Moulin du Roy... When I return, you will know my decision :)

Thank you for joining me, not only on my journey of becoming a botanical illustrator, but also on my journey of life...



Okay - just one more... :)

 Thank You Jesus for creating Lil' August Michael just for us! Please Father, raise him up to be a Mighty Man of God :)

Thank You Jesus for creating Lil' August Michael just for us! Please Father, raise him up to be a Mighty Man of God :)

March 13 - I have finally made the decision to transfer my original composition onto my Moulin du Roy block and start again!!! It is so late in the game, but I have a plan and I'm really hoping I can pull it off!

I have to submit Unit 9 on Friday, March 16 by 3, so my goal is to have completed at least three pieces of my composition by then... By pieces I mean a flower, or a leaf or the tuber, or roots, etc. - you get the idea.  If I can do one piece of the composition each day through to March 30, I should be able to submit a completed composition on March 31, the last day of the course.  Never mind that we are having a new roof put on the house right now and it is anything but quiet around here!

I know this will be hard. But I think it's worth at least trying. As I have stated before, this course has been so worth every penny and minute I have spent on it. I have learned so much and I want to finish strong.  I believe and have been told that I have the general technique down - but now I just have to spend time drawing flowers and painting them over and over again until the my technique is perfected.

Keeping this in mind during these last days of this course, I plan to draw out the piece I am working on for my composition several times on a practice piece of Moulin du Roy and paint it over and over until I have it and then do the real thing on the final composition.  Each day until March 30, will be one piece of the composition drawn out several times on practice paper, then completed on the composition... Yes, I need some serious prayer! :)

Here's my transferred piece on the Moulin du Roy block.


I know you probably think I've gone nutso by now, (it might have something to do with being a Grandma??? - Ha Ha!) - But I'm sure there's something to be said for beginning again and again until you get it right... Right?  :)



March 14 - Off to a good start with my re-do! As I hoped I have completed "one piece" of my composition, or at least completed enough to continue on. I may go back and add more detail as time goes on, but for now this is considered finished!  My calyx still feels a little flat, but I see a little more roundness to the bud itself and I'm happy with that!


As you can see above, I have one flower left that is still in color and not dying yet.  The rest are all either dying and changing colors, or coming in brand new and too small of buds to really show their true colors yet...


Hope you are doing fine out there! Unit tomorrow...



March 15 - Well, I listened to a really great sermon today that was a great reminder of how we can be going along on the path we know God has called us to - and then it gets really hard and it feels like we are doing it all alone, it might just be because we've begun to rely on ourself and our own strength. 

I realized right away that I have done just that with this composition! I have panicked and begun to do things on my own, not taking the necessary time to pray that God will help me to end strong in this course and only with the help of the Lord... I don't know about you, but I can get off track really easy when there are so many things going on around me - So there you have it!

 I planted four of my Hellebores, three in pots and one in the ground...

I planted four of my Hellebores, three in pots and one in the ground...

Of course I have spent time in prayer today regarding this matter - asking the Lord to forgive me for taking over and asking Him to go before me as He has been. I don't want to go on this journey without Him leading me every step of the way. 

With another wonderful day of sunshine and blue skies I headed out to get some more gardening done! Yard work and gardening always renews my spirit and gets me ready to listen and obey :)

 and I still have two more to plant...

and I still have two more to plant...

 And I cleaned up in the back and got my patio furniture ready for tea :)

And I cleaned up in the back and got my patio furniture ready for tea :)

Here's what I have accomplished today with my composition.  As you can see, I worked a little more on my bud and started working on the tuber and I also laid down the first wash for the left flower stem.  I am tempted to go on a little further, but I don't want to rush it - I know God is going to help me finish this and I want to rest in that.


Thank you so much for stopping by! Have a look around if you are new - I have so much to show you!  If you'd like to begin practicing with me, you can find some "Practice Methods" or you might like to see how I have did some botanical graphite work through an edX course I took online.