Flower and Plant Portraits

Flower and Plant Portraits

A Homage to John Ruskin

By Liz Sherras Clark, SBA, SFP

Wednesday 5th September 2013 to Thursday 31st October 2013

Liz paints flowers as botanical illustration, flower portraits and silk paintings using the subjects from her own cottage garden in Surrey and Australia. Her knowledge of flowers, enjoyment of colour and freedom of style is evident in the subjects she chooses - a large banana flower with the bloom on it's petals, the spiky form of a huge Peruvian cactus, flamboyant peonies and old fashioned roses.

For more information about the artist and her work please visit Liz's website: http://www.sherrasclark.co.uk/index.htm

The exhibition will be open dailing during normal Botanic Garden opening hours (9am to 5pm, last entry 4.15pm) except for the following times:

Thursday September 12th 9am to 1.30pm

Wednesday September 18th from 1pm to 3pm

 

Associated Special Event:

Weekend Course: Flower and Plant Portraits with Liz Sherras Clark
 
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2013 10.00am - 4.00pm on both days
                      
A weekend course for those painters with some watercolour experience

This will be an intensive and enjoyable weekend when students learn to develop flower painting skills and will hopefully after various excercises complete two successful paintings.

Course outline:

Saturday         Turning Circles into Spheres
                 Exercises using line and tone to produce form
                 Students then choose from spherical plants to make studies and complete a finished painting by the end of the afternoon.   
 
Sunday            Looking at Colour
                  Exercises using watercolour paint.
                  Understanding the spectrum, complimentary, neutral and green colour-mixing.
                  Advice on the quality of watercolour paints
                  Following this students select a dahlia to paint, relating it to the morning studies.
 
                  "...great art should communicate an understanding and appreciation of nature.- only by means of direct observation can an artist through form and colour represent nature in art"   John Ruskin  

Course Cost: £120

 Bookings can be made online here.