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   Dear Friends: A review of the history of botanical art reveals several developmental stages of this art form — in particular the herbal plant discovery for medicinal purposes.  From the beginning, all records of human existence point to this very fact: plants are documented for their use. Even before we could write, humans made a point of recording the plants around them and whether they were edible or not.  This...

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Beautiful Butterflies & Friends Workshop @ Se...

Beautiful Butterflies & Friends Students 7 years – college aged, and through adult will enjoy this special workshop with Academy of Botanical Art Founder, Olivia Braida. Explore the complexities of nature’s beautiful butterflies and other insect “friends”.  Select your subject from provided materials and work with colored pencil to complete your drawing. If you prefer to work in watercolor, bring your paints and brushes....

The Color of White

Dear Friends: In traditional watercolor painting, white is obtained from the white of the watercolor paper rather than from using a white opaque pigment.  White paint, then, is used for tinting other colors, to create lighter tints.  In Botanical Watercolor Painting the white of the paper represents the highest value – the lightest light, but also so does a pale stain of a color.  This “highlight stain” is often used as the...

Taking Digital Images of Art for Print or Web

Detail “Luminous Rain” by O.M.Braida©2013 “Those who are most comfortable with technology, by and large,  are more likely to get noticed in the artistic world.” by Colortrac June 4, 2013 Dear Friends: Almost all galleries look at digital images, they do not look at actual artwork. The images are the only thing that you have to represent your work.  Below is a discussion about guidelines, terminology,...

Elements of Composition in Botanical Art by O.M.Br...

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