Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Silver Falls Nature Illustration Workshop

 I spent a creative weekend with a talented group of artists at Silver Falls State Park. 
Our focus was native wildflowers as we explored techniques with graphite and watercolors.
Our instructor was nature illustrator, Catherine Alexander.

 Rachel is drawing the outline of her flowers on to a tracing frame.
 She transferred this drawing on to tracing paper so she could then 
transfer it to her watercolor paper.
Then comes the tonal graphite drawing.
 She added color over that with watercolor.

 I worked on a trillium...
 I first did a drawing in my sketchbook that I transferred
to watercolor paper. 
Then I did washes of watercolor over the tonal drawing.

 Leslie and her Mom at work...
 Leslie's Iris in progress
Denise's violet tonal drawing in progress.

Janet at work with a shooting star.
Catherine showing students work to the class.
 Right outside the classroom are many wildflowers in bloom.

 We went on a nature hike after breakfast on the second day.
 We searched for more wildflowers as we walked.

 Catherine paused to admire this old growth tree...

It was a great group to spend the weekend with!

And how special to have the opportunity to share this 
"artfelt journey"
 with my daughter Rachel.

 Silver Falls State Park is a 
 beautiful area to explore and appreciate!

To see more of Catherine Alexander's botanical illustration go to

For information about Oregon Botanical Artists go to

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