I mentioned the introduction to botanical art workshops being offered in the garden here during the annual Taranaki Garden Festival. For the past two Sundays, Dr Tabatha Forbes has given private lessons to Mark and a friend. This is not my field at all so I spent the time gardening but it was great to see Mark picking up pencil and paintbrush again after a hiatus of about 35 years – and getting a result even I am not going to embarrass him by reproducing here.
I would be misleading you if I didn’t mention that the festival workshops will not be in our dining room (we don’t have enough space there), but I thought some readers might be interested to get some insight into the approach Tabatha takes.
The first day was spent drawing leaves in pencil, refreshing basic drawing skills.
The second day was painting. Tabatha prefers acrylics because they lend themselves to building up layers of colour. By the end of that day, both Mark and our friend had their first painting more or less completed. Mark painted a small spray of Camellia ‘Tiny Princess’, our friend painted a spray of Loropetalum ‘China Pink’.
Work in progress
My earlier post gives more information here.
Brief details are:
When: Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November from 10am -3pm each day for beginners.
November 9 and 10 – going on to the next level – berries and fruit.
Where: here in our garden at Tikorangi
Cost: $100 per two-day workshop. All materials provided.
For more information contact Tabatha at email@example.com
copyright T.Forbes 2006
Do you dream of being able to paint and draw plants and flowers? Mark does and that is how we came to meet Tabatha Forbes. Dr Tabatha Forbes, thank you. She has a PhD in fine arts from Elam Art School at Auckland University.
Tabatha tutors botanical art for beginners. This is a very specific branch of art combining both accurate botanical depiction with the skills and aesthetics of painting and drawing. Mark says that he just wants to be able to paint pretty flower pictures while realising that some level of skill in both close observation and translating that to paper is required to achieve that goal. He is hoping that his time with Tabatha at an August workshop will get him started (again) on drawing and painting.
Rangiora. copyright T.Forbes 2006
Later in November, Tabatha is offering two small-group workshops in our garden during this year’s garden festival. Our garden isn’t open for the festival this year but participants will have the run of the place while here. The first workshop is on the first weekend of the festival – Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 November from 10am -3pm each day. She starts beginners with leaves – observing and drawing in detail on the first day, moving onto acrylic painting on the second day.
The second workshop on the weekend of November 9 and 10 is a follow-up – progressing onto painting berries and fruit, so more colour and added detail.
If you want to know more, Tabatha has a comprehensive website which showcases her own work, her interests and experience and current projects.
The Taranaki Daily News recently published a profile on her here: The soothing art of retreating into nature.
For more information and bookings, please email Tabatha at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be delighted to meet you should you attend either or both of her workshops here.
Toxic tutu (Coriaria arborea) copyright T.Forbes 2006