16B Margaret Hastie

Beginners Workshop in Pencil & Graphite Pencil

This workshop will introduce the fundamentals of botanical drawing and progress to painting in watercolour.  Initially, the focus will be on accuracy and observation in order to train the eye to see what is there, not what the mind thinks is there. We will begin by drawing botanical subjects in graphite pencil, concentrating on controlled line, shading, tonal contrast and perspective (including foreshortening).After drawing simple plant structures we will gradually build-up to more complicated subject matter. Botanical samples will be provided. Watercolour will be the medium used for painting.  This is the medium chosen by most botanical artists.  Aspects covered will include transferring your pencil drawing onto watercolour paper, the importance of using good quality pigments and paper, colour theory, mixing pigments and how to get the colour you want, application of washes, glazing or overlaying pigments, how to achieve depth in your painting and the importance of good composition. Open to the beginner in botanical art 18 years and over. This workshop will be restricted to 12 students.

Margaret studied art in Hobart, Melbourne and Toronto, Canada.  At her first solo exhibition in Melbourne in 1962, she exhibited a series of watercolour and oils painted during an eight-month period in Central Australia.   She continued to paint and exhibit her work during the time her children were growing up.   From 1992 until 2006 she worked as a freelance illustrator of textbooks, scientific papers and other publications under the business name of Ikon Computer graphics.  About fifteen years ago Margaret became interested in botanical art. Since then she has exhibited regularly with the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland and has had work accepted for the Margaret Flockton Award. Margaret designed and teaches the beginner course in drawing and painting for the Botanical Artists’ Society of Queensland held at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens in Brisbane each year.   She has also given workshops in botanical art at the Tweed Heads Regional Art Gallery and for groups of artists in Stanthorpe, Noosa, Canberra and Mackay. Apart from working in a traditional botanical technique Margaret is interested in pushing the boundaries and finding new ways to express her interest in flora while maintaining the botanical integrity of the plant.  She does not confine herself to botanical art and pursues her interest in other forms of painting and in digital art.   Her artwork and photography has received a number of awards and is held in collections in Australia and overseas.

Margaret’s website

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