Lucy will introduce students to botanical painting with gouache. She will
demonstrate techniques such as layering from dark to light, dry brush for
texture, and using gouache to achieve intense color. These methods help the
artist create a painting that has a sense of depth and density. Lucy will
demonstrate each step in the painting and provide one-on-one guidance as the
participants create their own composition. Students will learn techniques to
allow them to complete the painting on their own.
Lucy will bring some oak branches and oak galls to paint. Students may also
bring their own specimens. We will focus on painting bark and oak galls, but we
may also paint some lichens, if time allows, since these branches will most likely
have lichens growing on them.
A materials list will be provided. We will use both watercolor and gouache.
Students who bring most of their own paint will be able for a fee to purchase the
gouache needed in the class. Students may also purchase all the materials they
will need (paint, paper, and brushes). Some drawing experience is
Lucy Martin’s botanical paintings reflect her lifelong connection with nature and
her love of forests. She paints in gouache and watercolor, frequently focusing on
the mysterious beauty of fungi and lichens. She lives in Sonoma County,
California, where she exhibits in local galleries and teaches gouache technique
for botanical art. Her work has been shown often in international shows of the
American Society of Botanical Artists.