Sunday…last day of our show…

Sunday,  December 6th is the last day of our botanical art show.  I am so proud of my students and all their lovely work.  If you haven’t had a chance to go, try to get there over the next 3 days.

For all the exhibitors – you can pick up your pieces on Monday from 1-5 or Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-4.

Thanks to all for contributing to a wonderful event! Well done!

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Green Lady Slipper Orchid – Watercolor 

Lovely article on white on white :O)

White often makes us all shutter a bit…but the main thing to remember it that white is rarely white….enjoy the following link :O)  Sourced from the American Society of Botanical Artists.

https://www.asba-art.org/article/no-really-thats-how-i-do-it-painting-whites-white

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Painting Whites on White by Elaine Searle

Originally appeared in The Botanical Artist – Volume 16, Issue 3

Classes beginning next week :O)

Looking forward to seeing everyone next week 🙂 Ward Pound Ridge is in full early fall beauty!

For those returning please start looking for subjects that inspire you and bring them to class. For new students just bring your supplies for drawing as seen on the supply list.  Don’t forget we are having classes in the afternoons from 1-4pm on Wednesday and Thursday and 10-1pm on Saturdays. Classes will be held in the Nature Museum. When you arrive at the gate just let them know you are in the class so you can enter without a park fee.

Hope everyone had a great summer….see you soon!

Fields of grasses and Queen Ann's Lace © laura gould
Fields of grasses and Queen Ann’s Lace © laura gould

Lasdon Arboretum Plant Sale and Art on May 16th

The house will be opened on May 16th during the Plant Sale.  If you would like to have some of you work on display please bring me your framed piece with proper wire hanger this coming week.  Deadline for drop-off is May 13th. 1-3 pieces per student 🙂

Spring is here!  © laura gould
Spring is here! © laura gould

Last Spring session begins this week…

Spring is working hard to push through the remnants of winter and it is finally beginning to feel like Spring!

The last 6 week session before summer begin this week…..bring something that inspires you :O)

Peony bud, watercolor and graphite © laura gould
Peony bud, watercolor and graphite © laura gould

Drawing Trees with Dick Rauh-supply list :0)

Lasdon looked so beautiful in the fog this week, a magical day.

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Trees at Lasdon © laura gould

 

 

Below is the class description and supply list from Dick Rauh.  Remember checks must be sent to me or given to me in class by May 23rd to attend the workshop.  If you are mailing your check contact me via email for my mailing address. lauragould@mac.com

Drawing Trees – Supply List and Class Description

My approach will be to emphasize an immediate eye-to-hand type of rendering using technical pens on water color blocks using Black Micron 05, 01, 005 and hot press blocks 10”x14” or 12” x 16”.  Other sketchbooks and drawing materials are fine, the advantage of the blocks is their built-in support. 

I also pick the technical pens because they come with their own ink supply- there are now a number of more flexible nib pens available with this feature- be my guest. If you are very unhappy working directly in pen and ink, I will make an exception, but you will miss the tension and excitement that comes from having to make a direct statement. (Believe me there are ways to fudge, even here).  

Bring sketching stools (if you have one), hats, lunch and water.

We will meet in the classroom for a preliminary discussion of tree architecture, and generally, what to look for: ie the differences in the branching patterns of common local trees, the masses of leaf forms defined by light and shade, etc. I will try to help you apply these observational and sketching techniques to the broader field of nature sketching. I will provide you with information about some of the materials and books available to get you started on this useful and rewarding practice. The use of contour drawing technique will be explained, and its application to the sketching of natural forms. We will attempt to complete at least one drawing of a tree in pen and ink. 

Look forward to sketching with you.

Dick Rauh

Spring is here?

Spring is trying it’s best but winter is holding tight!  Looking forward to the tiny spring bulbs pushing up through the ground.  One of my favorite early spring bulbs that rises out of the leafy matter of the forest floor is the Trout Lily.  This little flower takes 7 years to create it’s first bloom.  If your ever lucky enough to see them carpeting the forest floor with their spotty leaves and tiny blossom don’t pick them…just admire this tiny protected flower :O)

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Drawing trees with Dick Rauh :O)

Drawing Trees with Dick Rauh

Most of you have heard me rave about Dick Rauh, his incredible talent, his generosity as a teacher and his contributions to the world of botanical art.  With the friendly prompting of my student Lynda a workshop has finally been arranged!

Saturday, June 6th from 10am to 3:30pm

$50.00 for the day, deadline for payment on May 23rd (no refunds)

Supply list will be posted a few weeks prior to the date.

Should be a wonderful day of sketching trees at Lasdon with the master!

February Classes at Lasdon :O)

Classes will be beginning the first week of February.  Please note the new start date in your calendars :o)  Check the class section for dates.

Please contact me via email lauragould@mac.com to let me know which days you will be attending.  Wednesday’s classes fill up quickly so please let me know soon so you will be guaranteed a spot…the class will close at 10 students.

Wishing everyone the best in this new year!