Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Received my artwork and marks from my SBA tutor in England today.
I had completed this assignment before even being accepted into the SBA Distance Learning Diploma Course.  I read thru the sample assignment descriptions on the SBA website and decided to go along with the program, completing the assignments as best I could.
I tend to do well when I have instructions and a goal, so this kept me going with my artwork.

Once I was accepted into the program, they gladly accepted the first assignment, which I had brought with me to England on my last trip.

I really wasn't sure what to expect grade wise, so I was very happy when I received my marks in the mail today and received an 8.7 out of 10.

Tonal Values

Tutor's comments:  Excellent tonal strip with good even graduated of squares from light to dark. 
 Near Perfect!

Line Drawing

Tutor's Comments:  Beautiful piece well composed and positioned on the sheet.  However the line is too dark.  (I did not realize the weight of the lines were to be very thin, so it could be painted over at a later date)  All the structure and character is there as is your drawing ability.

Stippled Study of a Single Flower

 Tutors Comments:  Here you have produced a wonderful study showing the character of the subject.  Your ability to convey shape and form with this technique is extremely good and you have good constraint showing depth.

Note: Tutor's comments are a condensed version

All in all, I am very happy with my marks and the tutors comments. 
Looking forward to receiving the marks back from Assignment #2
Now it's back to work on Assignment #3 Leaves!


Friday, May 10, 2013

SBA Society of Botanical Artists

I have begun my 27 month journey of the Society of Botanical Artists,  Distance Learning Diploma Course.  I was accepted into the program which began the beginning of 2013 and will be completing the course entirely in Coloured Pencil.  I will be posting my progress thought the months by posting my art and adventures

The SBA Course is open to students anywhere in the world and there are currently students from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Singapore, the Republic of Korea, South Africa, Brazil, Canada and the USA as well as Europe and the UK. 

For more information on the Society and the Distance Learning course, check out the SBA website.

Please join me in my journey!

Assignment #1 Drawing.  
I will post these drawings as soon as I receive them back from the tutor in the UK, I didn't get a chance to take pictures of them before turning them into my tutor.

Assignment #2 Coloured Pencil

 Exercise 1 - Drawing an cylinder, 
Exercise 2 - Layering with a single colour
Exercise 3 - Blending two colors

This was a fun little exercise which I used a Prismacolor Pencil for the cylinder and Faber Castell pencils for the layering and blending exercises.

Study 1 - Produce a small composition of a leaf, fruit and single flower.
Citrus × meyeri 

This Meyer Lemon tree is right outside the window of my art room.  It has lemons on it most of the year and I am always leaving a bucket of them for my neighbors to enjoy.

Study 2 - Produce a small study of single flower and its foliage.
Tulipa 'Ronaldo'

I decided to draw a Tulip after my mother said she would like one of my paintings for Mother's Day.
Since these assignments take so much time out of my life, I decided to create greeting cards out of this Tulip and send one to each of my favorite mothers for their special day :)
Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful mothers of the world!

Check back in a couple weeks for my tutors comments and marks!

Hope you enjoy the journey with me
Lori V.