PAINTING OPEN FLOWERS IN WATERCOLOUR
Contact the office on 02 6643 1528 to be placed on a waiting list.
2017’s intensive workshop will have its usual emphasis on improving your over all watercolour techniques: but the focus this time will be exploring the gorgeous topic of painting flowers in full bloom… and I couldn’t be more excited about it! Working with standard watercolour techniques of washes, the more complex process of glazing (or layers of wash) and the intricate art of dry brushing, this wonderful subject offers an ideal opportunity to look intimately at colour, form, texture, light, tone, structure and techniques so specific to botanical illustration. For anyone familiar with my workshops, you’ll know that I don’t get bogged down in theory in my classes. I prefer a very hands-on approach, and one where we can get straight into it with our wet brushes and learn on the go. I have found it’s a comfortable approach that many people love and appreciate. Through extensive demonstrations, step by step tuition and guided learning we will work to demystify and simplify the process and create valuable strategies to achieve successful outcomes. Together we will find a new level of confidence and establish sound footholds for independent painting beyond my workshops.
Artists with any level of experience are welcome in this workshop, so come along and enjoy learning more about this wonderful subject and medium! Workshop limited to 12 students, open to all comers aged 18 years and over.
Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught Natural History watercolour artist. Painting full-time since 2003, Heidi quickly established herself as one of Australia’s leading emerging artistic talents and her international reputation as an exceptional natural history, wildlife artist and botanical artist is well recognized. Her works can be found in significant public and private collections around the world and are often sold before completion. Heidi’s work has been featured in major events such as ‘Botanica’, and she was an award winner in the Margaret Flockton Award in the Sydney Botanic Gardens in 2005 and again in 2006. Her work is held in the ‘Shirley Sherwood Collection’ of international contemporary botanical artists. Heidi was recently selected as a finalist for the sixth time, and she was awarded the Highly Commended prize for her entry in the highly competitive Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, hosted by the South Australian Museum. She has been a finalist multiple times in Focus On Nature exhibition held in the New York State Museum and she has paintings in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation exhibition in the USA. Most recently, Heidi has been taken on by Australian Geographic as a freelance botanical illustrator. Heidi’s recognizable style can be applied to contemporary or traditional pieces, capturing the life and beauty in all her subjects. While her technique is time-consuming and a single painting may take many months to produce, Heidi considers each painting as a precious record of today’s natural history that will hopefully be treasured for generations to come.