Plant Portraits

This semester I have done a Lifelong Learning course called Plant Portraits, at Aberystwyth University (along with my Fine Art BA and another course in French). The tutor was Tereska Shepherd, a great teacher. She was good at demonstrating different techniques, giving advice and feedback, and really making the sessions interesting and educational!

“This inspiring, practical painting course is an opportunity to experiment with a variety of drawing, watercolour and mixed media techniques to capture the changes throughout spring as bulbs and seeds sprout, plants develop and flowers bloom. Throughout the course you will develop specialised techniques for depicting plants whilst enhancing observational, recording, colour mixing and compositional skills through the exploration of technique and study of historical and contemporary artists.” 

A few of the studies I made:

The course was very inspiring and definitely helpful for my project! Not only did I learn a lot more about watercolour techniques than ever before, I also gained further interest in, and knowledge of the subject – plants.

I think Lifelong Learning courses are a great oppurtunity to learn about something outside of your degree. This is the sixth course I have been taking, and I have really enjoyed them all.

Sketchbook Practice

It is (almost) a week ago since I started my third year at Aberystwyth University, it is a bit scary to be in my final year knowing I have an exhibition coming up in May, but it is also really exciting. I feel like I have to do my absolute best and enjoy my last year as a student in this town.

In this post, I am going to show you some of my sketches from this summer. I bought a really nice and small sketchbook in Lisbon that I can bring with me anywhere, it definitely makes it easier to draw when I am out. At the moment I am practicing to draw with pen and paint with watercolours, both are techniques I am not very good at yet, but I would love to be!

Later I will write a bit about the museums I have been to this summer, in US, Lisbon, and France.