Sunday, December 30, 2012

Huntington Gardens Botanical Drawing

The Huntington
Founded in 1919 in Pasadena, California.
The gardens cover 120 acres including Rose Gardens, Japanese Gardens, Chinese Gardens plus a dozen other specialty gardens.

Botanical Drawing workshop with art instructor Lisa Pompelli.

Always so much going on at The Huntington, even in December

Diana launches her arrow ... seemingly into the dome of the gallery outside the Huntington Library. There's a legend that sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington used an 18-year-old Bette Davis as the model.


Art instructor extraordinaire, Lisa Pompelli working with a student

 Conservatory & Workrooms

Art students hard at work

One of my botanical drawings done in graphite that I worked on during the 3 weeks of class.

Looking forward to future classes with Lisa :)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Denver Botanical Gardens

Ann Swan Workshop
at the Denver Botanical Gardens
October 2012

 Sead Pods and Leaves and all things Leafy

Ann Swan, hard at work!

Seed Pod drawings from some of the students.
My maple leaf drawing - Colored Pencil & Graphite
Holiday Chalet
A Victorian Bed and Breakfast in Denver
Burrrrrr..... It got a bit chilly in Denver when I was there.
Added to the magic in Denver

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Faber Castell Factory in Germany

While on a holiday in Germany, I talked my husband into making a stop at the Faber Castell Factory near Nuremberg, Germany.  Faber Castell was founded in 1761 and is still owned by the descendants of the original founder, Kasper Faber, 250 years later.

 Their pencils are one of my favorites and I couldn't help but go into the shop and buy some pencils I needed and a few other goodies.

The showroom of the Faber Castell shop is beautiful.  Everything is out for you to look at and touch.
Its fun to see all the new merchandise!

The Faber Castell Factory!

The original Castle!

Beautiful statue of founder, Kasper Faber.

Happy Painting to all my art friends!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Grow! A Garden Festival

Los Angeles Arboretum
May 4th - 6th, 2012

Went to the Los Angeles Arboretum to meet some of members of the ASBA (American Society of Botanical Artists. 

Members of BAGSC (Botanical Art Guild of Southern California,
Estelle DeRidder - SBA, Janice Sharp & Leslie Walker

They had a nice display of some of their artwork and were selling art and beautiful note cards.

Spent a couple hours walking around the Arboretum.  Here is a photo of the beautiful Queens Cottage on the grounds of the Arboretum

Got some great ideas for new color pencil art!


Bought a wonderful Nepenthe's plant.  Can't wait to start drawing!

What a great way to spend an afternoon with my husband!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ann Swan Colored Pencil Workshop

My travels to England!
I arrived in London on Friday, April 6th and then hopped on a train for an hour to Dedham, England.  To give you some history, Colchester near Dedham is the oldest recorded town in England, it was such a magical little town, located in the South East part of England not far from the English Channel. 
The workshop and accommodations were held in Dedham Hall which is a 15th century Manor House with a wonderful restaurant called The Fountain House.  The proprietors, Jim and Wendy were amazing.  Jim picked me up from the train station and got me settled before dinner.  Wendy amongst other things is an amazing chef.  All the meals were works of art and utterly delicious, I ate very well when I was there.

Saturday before meeting with the rest of the students I ventured off on one of my walks and discovered the foot paths that cover all of England.  You can literally walk across England on these paths meandering over green countrysides, thru farms and villages of England.  I had a fun time taking pictures of some of the amazing Doors of Dedham.

I was lucky enough to spend a week with one of the best Botanical Illustrators in the world,  Ann Swan.  She is not only an amazing artist but a wonderful person, I am so fortunate to have been able to attend this workshop.  Traveling all the way to England from California, I didn't know what to expect.  But, from the moment we all met at the workshop, it was like spending a week with my best friends.  All the students from beginners to advanced were so friendly and willing to share their knowledge.  I have never felt so comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings half way across the world.
Thank you ladies! 

Every morning, there was four of who loved to walk.  So, at 7:00am we all took off on the footpaths of Dedham for an hour or so.  Luckily, they all knew where to go and we always made it back in time for breakfast.

Thank you Jill, Sandra & Helen for including me in your walks!

Some days we would walk on footpaths that were clearly marked, other days the footpaths were thru a heard of cows but always, the paths we took were so beautiful.

Flatford Mill, Dedham Valle where the famous John Constable painted may of his famous paintings in the early 1800's

I spent all week working on one picture of Hellebore, Christmas Rose. I'm still not finished with it, but will working on it in the next couple of weeks.

Check back for the finished product.

Botanical Artist Ann Swan & aspiring artist Lori Vreeke

Thank you Ann for a wonderful time.  Look forward to many more workshops with you :)

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Westlake Village Art Guild

Juried Art Show
March 14 - April 28, 2012
2311 Borchard Road,
Newbury Park, California

My first entry into an art show has been accepted!

Colored Pencil drawing of pods from a Jacaranda Tree.

Check back in April for my travels to England to take a Colored Pencil Workshop with artist Ann Swan

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