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Creating a Botanical Composition

Many steps go into creating a finished botanical illustration composition. In the photos below, I share with you the process of creating this common poppy, Papaver rhoeas, composition. It all started with the discovery of these bright red flowers in a garden… I spent time with the plants, observing them and locating as many parts of the plant as I could – flowers, seed pods, leaves, etc… I took a lot of photos on site since these poppies are so fragile. Then I collected some specimens to take back to the studio where I could observe them even more closely under a microscope. I first made a study of the central flower, and from there based my composition around the flower. Using my window as a lightbox, I was able to transfer the drawing of the poppy directly to the center of my paper according to my composition plan. From there, I added the various poppy elements piece by piece until I was satisfied with the final composition.

Go deeper into the process during the Botanical Watercolor Composition Workshop with Mira O’Brien, starting March 7, 2023.

Botanical Watercolor Composition Workshop

Learn step by step, from preparatory drawings, tracing, composition, how to arrive at a finished painting. You will choose one plant species to focus on during this workshop and end up with a multifaceted composition. Artist-instructor:  Mira O’Brien Format: Online Live (livestreaming with class recordings and instructor feedback). March 7 – March 28 4x Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00pm CET Online Cost: 130 Euros



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