poetry and prose about place

taking an art course

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I trying to add some diversity to my day, so I am taking a course from Domestika: A Meditative Approach to Botanical Illustration. I have been through the introductory videos and last evening, I began the drawing exercises. Where I am, I have no scanner or camera, but I will use some photos and drawings from past excursions to illustrate what I have to say.



The first lesson is to observe simple shapes in the plant you want to draw. The instructor uses cacti for his subject matter. I am using water lilies of various types. I usually draw with pencil, so this is the first time I have used pen. I am a ‘maker of mistakes,’ so the eraser does a lot of work when I sit down to draw. Using pen sounds a bit intimidating, but I will prevail.



The simple shapes associated with the water lily are the elongated outlines of flower petals, and the deeply-notched spherical outlines of the various leaves. For my drawings I chose Nuphar lutea, Nymphaea odorata, and Nuphar microphylla, all species found in New Brunswick.


simple shape drawing of Nymphaea odorata


The above is a crude copy ‘by finger’ of one of the drawings I did, this one of Nymphaea odorata, showing the basic shapes.

The next lesson is a more accurate representation of the plant.

I am feeling that you have to go backwards to move forwards. We will see.


All my best


Written by jane tims

July 22, 2021 at 11:15 am

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  1. I’all be interested to hear if this approach changes your work or style, Jane. You already have such a fine, recognizable style. Have fun!

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    Jane Fritz

    July 22, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    • I will report on the results and I agree, it will be interesting to see if I make any changes to my approach to drawing!

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      jane tims

      July 24, 2021 at 10:03 pm

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