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Botanical Painting Takes a Lot of Patience

Having recently moved to the area, I thought that taking some local classes would be a good way of getting out and about and meeting people (cartooning is a solitary experience). I’m doing an Art Class in Axminster on a Thursday and today there was a very  good botanical artist visiting.

Trisha Hayman does painstaking work. She collects leaves, shells, feathers and other botanical specimens and then paints them dot by dot. Her work was inspiring, but I knew that I’d struggle to replicate the technique. I have very little patience and completely messed up my first study (a stone!).
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Making a Lightbox/Drawing Board

I’ve just made a lightbox that doubles as a drawing board. I’ve seen a few around and after a bit of research (thanks to SoulcraftCandy for the tip on opal acrylic), I got cracking. The house we are renting has a lot of wood offcuts (and a workbench) out back, so I used that to make the frame. I ordered the acrylic cut to A3 size and used a clip on light fitting and 23W CFL bulb as the light source (it’s not perfect for light distribution, but it does the job).
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