Painting a California Buckeye, with Lucy Martin
If the 24th International Exhibition of Botanical Art has you eager to put brush to paper, this virtual workshop is for you.
Bay Area artist Lucy Martin will lead a 2 1/2 hour tutorial in painting a California Buckeye. She will use gouache primarily, as well as some watercolor, and will introduce some of her gouache techniques. Participants will not only observe how she creates certain effects but will be offered exercises or practice methods to learn to use gouache to create intense color and interesting texture. Lucy will demonstrate using layering of washes for deep, intense color, and will show how she uses white and light-over-dark in various ways to create a sense of density and depth. Participants may just watch, or follow along as Lucy demonstrates. A list of suggested materials will be sent out to participants before the tutorial. There will be time for questions at the end of the session.
Lucy Martin’s botanical paintings reflect her lifelong, deep connection with nature. She grew up in Colorado where her love of the mountain forests nurtured in her a habit of close observation of the botanical world. As a young girl she began drawing the plants she saw around her.
Lucy paints in gouache and watercolor, frequently focusing on the mysterious beauty of fungi and lichens. Mainly self-taught, she has developed an individual painting technique characterized by layering, meticulous detail and intense color. She lives in Santa Rosa, California, and teaches gouache technique for botanical art.