art classes, botanical art, butterflies, colored pencil, drawing, flowers, gardening, illustration, Val Webb
This week, we’re drawing old-fashioned roses in my online course, The Heirloom Garden in Colored Pencil. Romantic, gorgeous and wonderfully fragrant, these blooms have been a favorite throughout human history. Roses appear in ancient stone carvings… they were painted on the ceilings of Roman banquet rooms… knights carried them during the Crusades. The Empress Josephine was a passionate rose breeder. So was George Washington.
Don’t let the many-layered structure of rose “architecture” scare you off. There’s a natural sequence to drawing them, starting at the heart of the bloom and working your way to the edges. It’s a slow and enjoyable journey. Colors are layered, too, beginning with the lightest ones and building up a luxurious intensity. Put on your favorite music and make a cup of coffee, then sharpen those colored pencils. Think of it as drawing therapy.
The Heirloom Garden in Colored Pencil, a course consisting of 10 interactive lessons plus a bonus lesson, will be offered again in March. Click here for more info.
Pam Soetaert said:
Wish I had the nerve to even consider taking a class. Your art is amazing! I have admired your illustrations for years. I have two prints, a fawn numbered 69/1000 and a pair of birds on a branch, 209/1000. Both appear to be from pen and ink originals. In addition to the printed signature (Val Webb) they are also signed and numbered in pencil.
Is it possible they really are your work? Wow! I would be so pleased if so. When might they have been created, both the prints and the originals if they are yours? I cant find any information on them.
Pam, the prints you have are by ANOTHER Val Webb. She is Australian, and is a theologian and author of several books.