Botanical Illustration - Flowers, Plants, & Trees

“ Painting is the pathway I chose for my life’s work, but it also chose me. It is the best way I can honor beauty and express my feelings with authenticity, true to what I see and feel in Nature .”  — Chris Chapman

Painting is the pathway I chose for my life’s work, but it also chose me. It is the best way I can honor beauty and express my feelings with authenticity, true to what I see and feel in Nature.”

— Chris Chapman

  • Instructor: Chris Chapman

  • Time: Saturday,
    May 4, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    OR
    May 18, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Tuition: $60 (If you’d like the instructor to provide your supplies, bring extra $10 to class.)

  • Class size is limited to 12 people; appropriate for adults of all skill levels.

Immerse yourself in the meditative art of botanical illustration. Whether working with graphite pencil, watercolor, colored pencil, or pen and ink, students of nature will learn to draw and paint growing things and to understand their form and function. A multitude of possible subjects can apply flower or plant, fruit or vegetable, feather or seashell, tree leaves or bark. Bring several things! You will find this to be a quiet and calming art, losing yourself in close up observation. Though we strive for accuracy, there is much creativity in plant portraiture.

Bring a brown bag lunch for a half-hour break at noon. Register for this workshop online, stop in at the Wildling Museum store, or call 805-686-8315.

Nobody sees a flower -- really -- it is so small it takes time -- we haven’t time -- and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time.  ~Georgia O’Keefe

Nobody sees a flower -- really -- it is so small it takes time -- we haven’t time -- and to see takes time, like to have a friend takes time. ~Georgia O’Keefe

BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION SUPPLIES

  • Medium - Choose between:

    • Graphite Pencils

    • Colored Pencils

    • Watercolors

    • Pen & Ink

  • White erasers, retractable erasers

  • Watercolor brushes

  • Cheap Wide Soft Brush to whisk away eraser bits

  • Paper towels

  • Papers: experiment with a variety – cold press, hot press,  Bristol, printmakers

  • Pen & Ink, variety of nibs – Micron .005, .05, .1, etc.

  • Masking Tape

  • Florist’s foam or Frog or small vase

  • Painting Support such as foam core, gator board, cardboard – 8x10” and 11x14”

  • Sketchbook

  • Chair cushion (recommended)

Ideas for Subject Matter:

Native or garden flowers, leaves, succulents, lichen, birds nest, feathers, acorns, fruit, veggies (very interesting cut in half), seed pods, sea shells, etc.

About Chris Chapman

Chris Chapman is a prolific California regional artist known for her sensitive yet strong landscapes in pastels and watercolors.  Looking close up at the landscape, she’s also created a substantive body of work in California native botanicals. 

Born in Pasadena in 1950, her bonds with nature and creative expression were forged early.  After studies at University of Oregon, UC Sana Barbara, and Santa Barbara Community College, her livelihood as an artist was realized.

Combining conservation with art, from 2000 to 2013, Chris and painter husband, John Iwerks, lived and painted on the Gaviota Coast.  During this time they co-managed Arroyo Hondo Preserve, creating a visitors center, adobe gallery, and natural history illustrations while also teaching art classes at Santa Barbara Community College.  Now Chris and John live and paint nearby in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley where Chris is active with the Wildling Museum.  The Gaviota Coast and Eastern Sierra Nevada are enduring favorite subjects.

Chris is a member of the Oak Group, a small but auspicious group of preservation minded painters formed in 1986.  Since then, their sales of $3 Million have benefited non-profit environmental organizations for protection of open space.   Her botanical work is featured in a permanent installation at Ventura County Art Museum. She is a Signature Member of several national pastel societies and Honorary Lifetime Member of Santa Barbara Art Association.  

Click here to visit her website: https://www.chapmaniwerks.com/