Archive | September 2018

Guelph School of Art Workshop — August 2018

I was back again at the Guelph School of Art (Guelph, Ontario) on August 11 & 12 for another botanical drawing workshop. The workshop titled Floral Portraits in Pen & Ink and Watercolour, provided an interesting mix of mediums for the botanical artist looking to expand their horizons with something a little different.

The Town of Guelph

Known as “The Royal City,” (named after British Royal Family monarch, King George the IV), Guelph was founded on April 23, 1827, and officially became a town on January 1, 1856. Guelph was chosen as the name for the town because it was one of the family names of British royalty and had, apparently, never been used as a place name before. Guelph is located in southwestern Ontario, roughly 28 kilometres (17 miles) east of Waterloo and 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Toronto. The town is consistently rated as one of Canada’s best places to live and it plays a very important role in the history of Remembrance Day as Canadian physician, soldier, teacher and poet John McCrae who wrote the poem “In Flanders Fields” was born in Guelph, Ontario on November 30, 1872.

Wyndham Art Supplies: A cornucopia of supplies for the artist. On the third floor, the Guelph School of Art — both housed in the same building.

Wyndham Art Supplies has been providing the city of Guelph and surrounding area with art supplies for over 20 years. The location is also home to the Guelph School of Art and also boasts a fantastic picture framing department on the second floor.

Come visit at 125 Wyndham St. N. Guelph, ON.

The Workshop

Floral Portraits with Pen & Ink and Watercolour Washes

Above: Some of my botanical art projects on display.

Below: Pen & ink drawings with watercolour — Iris and poppy.

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On the first morning of the workshop, the Iris was sketched and transferred onto cold press Peterboro #79 illustration board and toned in graphite (as shown below). It is important to have an accurate representation of the form of the plant in graphite before applying ink.

Below: Iris completed in graphite.

Once the graphite layer is completed, the work begins applying the first layers of ink. Detailed instructional pages are provided to ensure success in the process. The graphite tonal base provides a framework on where to apply the ink.

Pens used in the project were Micron 005, 01 and 03.

Below: Completed in pen & ink.

Every project different but perfectly rendered.

Below: The next step in the process is to create watercolour swatches to match the colours of the original iris. The watercolour washes are going to be applied in very subtle transparent layers, so as not to detract from the intricate pen & ink work. I provided colour swatch handouts based on my initial analysis of the true iris colours.

Above and below: Work in progress.

Below: Completed iris projects in pen and ink and watercolour.

Having completed the Iris project we still had time to start another drawing — Poppies in pen & ink.

Same process as for the Iris: Complete a line drawing, then transfer onto cold pressed #79 Peterboro illustration board (One board: 15 x 20 inches accommodated two projects). Prepare a tonal rendering in graphite before applying the ink.

Below: Moving on to the pen & ink layers.

Below: Alan Norsworthy showing off his drawing.

Unfortunately not enough time to complete the watercolour on this project! Next time…

My next workshop, Magnificent Florals in Watercolour is on August 23, 24 & 25 at: Southampton Arts Centre Art School & Gallery.

I am also teaching this same workshop — Floral Portraits with Pen & Ink and Watercolour at Southampton Art School on September 19 & 20.

201 High Street, Southampton, Ontario
Telephone: (519) 797-5068
Toll Free: 1-800-806-8838

Hope to see you there!

Michael Spillane