I love art and flower’s
Hi! I just noticed your Painting Holiday course in Åsgårdstrand. Do you have such course in Stavanger (or nearby) as well? I would love to participate but cannot at that time
Inger Andrea Olsen
Hei Inger, I’ll reply in English as that is the language in which you wrote to me. I haven’t any workshop planned in Stavanger at the moment, but if there are several of you interested, I would be willing to come there and teach. Jeg bodde i Stavanger for 15 av de 25 år jeg levde i Norge! Vennlig hilsen, Gaynor
Hi I’m a big fan of your work, i was wondering what watercolour brand you prefer and think is best to paint with?I’ve also wondered why botanical artists use watercolour and not acrylic is there a specific reason? thanks :)
Hei Leah, thank you for commenting on my work so positively.
Firstly about why botanical artists are more likely to use watercolour than acrylic. I can of course only answer for myself. I know that with the combination of perhaps acrylic inks and acrylic paints I might be likely to be able to paint delicate detail, but for me I feel acrylics might be too heavy looking although I know acrylics are vibrant colours. Perhaps it is my lack of skill with the medium.
I know that when painting something where I need something very white, the White of the paper is the best white – if you have to use white paint, the White becomes dulled. If I painted with acrylic I would have to use white as I understand the whole surface is covered with paint.
Wherever possible I try to use watercolour paints that are transparent and rarely opaque. This keeps the colours I choose, more vibrant.
There are quite a few flower painters who use acrylics and some also also use body colour, but there are fewer who use this medium for pure botanical art and illustration.
I also use coloured pencils as they are translucent and again one uses the White of the paper as the whitest are.
The watercolours that I have in my palette are mostly Winsor & Newton, although I have one Maimeri – Cyan. It is the same phthalocyanine pigment as W&N Winsor blue green shade, but not quite so strong and therefore very useful to me. I also have one Sennelier colour, several Daniel Smith and one or two Schmincke.
I hope this answers your question.
yes thank you :)
You show photos of your classes. Every one had a orange holder they put there sketch book on to draw. What are these called and where are they available to purchases? GAil
Hei Gail, they are from Ikea. I think they are really intended for having a laptop on your lap, but are really useful in a class situation as they take up little room and are at a good angle for smallish artwork.
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