Tulips are the tall, majestic late arrivals of spring, and a welcome change in shape and colour to our beautiful array of golden daffodils. However, on this workshop we will look at them in a completely different way – laying down! Bright blooms, glowing against the velvety smooth grey/green of their leaves and intertwined with interesting angular twigs make for a lovely composition. Learn how to create the depth of the flower heads, the ridges in the wide milky leaves and the crisp, sharp edges of the twigs. Add a few shadows and you have a very interesting picture. A tracing will be available, together with a list of colours sent to you prior to the day.
If you have not done one of Janie’s classes let me know prior to the day and she will bring her big selection of pencils to buy after the workshop.
Janie Pirie studied fine art at Northampton and Colchester Schools of Art. Her botanical work has earned her two Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medals together with Certificates of Botanical Merit from the Society of Botanical Artists and has been recognised, and indeed purchased by The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Her meticulous and beautifully detailed work shows the depth of skill she has with the coloured pencil and close scrutiny will only serve to confirm that it can take more than 150 hours to produce some of her pieces.
When teaching Janie takes each student through every process necessary to achieve the very best with coloured pencils. Starting with observation, then composition, the drawing and then building up layers of colour to create a rich and gloriously coloured picture. Before each step Janie demonstrates so that students know exactly what they are being asked to do. Group and individual demonstrations are also given during her workshops.
Janie’s aim is to show how exciting the coloured pencil can be and for each student to create something they are proud of. But most of all – that the journey is both enjoyable and good fun.
Janie is currently working on a book of roses, due for publication in October this year. There will be up to 40 illustrations in the linen-bound, hard-backed, 12in sq. book and only 1,000 will be printed. This will be a collectors item.
For more information about Janie and her work visit http://www.janiepirie.co.uk