Botanical Art Composition

On Sunday, March 15, 2015, at the meeting of the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region (BASNCR) held at at the the U.S.Botanic Garden (USBG), Bonnie Driggers, BAEE President, gave a short workshop on composition in botanical art. After viewing a brief PowerPoint presentation to review basic principles, attendees created individual compositions within set dimensions from predrawn parts of a picture. The variety of creations was surprising. If anyone else would like to try the composition exercise, just let me know and I will send the instructions and handouts.

Photo of Bonnie Driggers in March 2015 Composition Workshop
Left-to-right: Bonnie Driggers (holding painting), Berit Robertson (at the table). In the background is Everett Harwood stacking blocks of wood that hold pieces of artboard to use as a background behind the plant when drawing and painting.

The workshop was one of two offered at the Annual Techniques Mini-workshops. For the other workshop, Diane Berndt demonstrated an unusual technique to create veins in leaves. These workshops are among the entertaining and useful activities one comes to expect at the regular BASNCR meetings, which are held at the USBG. Check the BASNCR website for more information:

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Bonnie is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). She is a member of the Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), Immediate Past President of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), and Editor of the BAEE book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.