Last weekend I attended another course at West Dean College entitled Structure Form and Texture with Amber Halsall, a well known botanical artist. I chose the course because it included some natural history subjects that I was keen to paint.
It was a glorious weekend with the gardens full of spring flowers.
I chose to paint shells which I discovered were as complex to paint as botanical subjects!
I have include a page from my sketch book as it shows the exercises in illustrating texture (willow), form (shell and quails egg) and structure (scales from a cone).
Below this is the finished shell painting.