It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Expressive ink in the style of Arthur Rackham



View from somewhere in the Southwest, Sue Klebold, mixed media, Starthmore mixed media board 500 Series

In our series Drawing on Tradition we just completed a class focusing on Arthur Rackham's work and style. Arthur Rackham was born on the second half of the 19th century and has been called the leading illustrator of the Edwardian period.
One of the students in the class commented: On this advanced course the students needed to combine all the knowledge they had learned on the previous classes: composition botany, perspective, form, drawing skills, handling of the media (pen and ink and color), and they needed to tell a story. 
You can see more images of the illustrations in process by clicking here
I like to emphasize that most of these pieces are yet in process and the follow up (completed) illustrations will be posted on June 16th 2013.


Here the apple tree on the right is trying to figure how the little bird fell out from her nest and what to do? Susan DiMarchi, the instructor for this class, mixed media,  Starthmore mixed media board 500 Series  

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Nature's Partnership: Plants and pollinators

 (Note how this bee is holding the flower open with both fore-legs, the wings are beaten up and the pollen basket is filling up on the tibia. photo: MHjK, click the image to enlarge)

We are preparing for our travelling exhibit Nature's Partnership: Plants and Pollinators at Butterfly Pavilion, Westminster CO. Sixteen outstanding illustrations are going to be on the show between  June 1 and  July 28, 2013.  We will let you know about the opening reception soon.


(Mexican Bluewing- Myscelia ethusa - zentangled  by Annie Reiser)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Summer/Fall 2013 Catalog of courses is out!

You can view our upcoming course offerings by clicking the image above or on the side panel. You can download the pdf  here .
NOTE: The flipbook version opens in a new window but requires Flash. That is the reason why you can’t see the image of the book on an iPad or iPhone, or most other mobile devices. Scroll down the page if you are on a mobile device to see that there is more info. The "Click to launch the full edition in a new window” does work on an iPhone so you can get to the YUDU book if you scroll through the white area. 
Registration opens on July 11, 9 a.m. and until then the classes on our registration site appears as if they were sold out.
This catalog includes all our offerings: offerings onsite at Denver Botanic Gardens, Off-site (Yampa River Botanic Park in Steamboat Springs and El Charco del Ingenio Botanical Gardens in San Miguel de Allende, GTO, Mexico)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Happy Sjuttende May for our Norwegian readers


(Emerson Easley, watercolor pencil and ink - please click the image to enlarge)

I like to wish Happy 17 May for our Norwegian readers with this delicate watercolor pencil illustration by Emerson Easley - the most recent addition to our Chronicles

Heaven on Earth -

(please click the image to enlarge)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Perfect Mother's Day Gift - Mrs. Delaney and her Circles


 Mrs Delaney started her life's work at seventy-two and by the time she turned 88 and started loosing her eyesight she had created over 1000 images, all cut with filigree-handled scissors from scarlet paper, carefully colored and then mounted on black background. They are accurate representations of the flowers and most of them are now kept in British Museums collections.
Come and join our weekend workshop on Mrs. Delaney and her circles - a perfect mother's day gift and you can visit Denver Botanic Gardens Annual Plant Sale at the same time.   

  Before devoting her life for paper-cutting, which Mrs. Delaney is most known for, she was a skilled embroiderer and her works can be viewed e.g., at the Royal School of Needlework (above a court dress detail, silk embroidery on satin, 1740-41).

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Practical Botanicals, Pen and Ink and Much More

(Fabric design by Christine Hubbell)
Please see more images form our April courses by clicking here.
(Illumination by Angela Tingle)