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Tulip in Progress

This tulip is a final composition for Watercolor 3. It was to be done in the style of a scientific illustration, showing enlarged reproductive parts and a cross-section of the bloom. The color of this flower is so lovely, and … Continue reading

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Back to School!

Now that my kids are back in school, I’m back to class as well! Here’s today’s work from Scientific Illustration at Filoli, taught by guest instructor Bruce Wilson.    I’m also experimenting with posting to this blog with my new … Continue reading

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Another Year, Another Shallot

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Another year in the classrooms at Filoli is coming to a close. It has been a year of tremendous growth and delight, new friendships and insights. I can hardly wait to return next Spring to complete the certificate program courses! … Continue reading

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Another Hydrangea!

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Summer is here, and with it the perennials are blooming. For the second session of our Watercolor 2 class, our instructor brought several heads of deep pink hydrangea, giving us each a small clipping to paint. This is by far … Continue reading

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Hydrangea tricolor

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My final painting for Watercolor I has returned home, with kind notes from my instructor. I’m having a short break before continuing on to my final courses of the year: Portfolio, Matting & Framing, and Watercolor II. I’m looking forward … Continue reading

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Eucalypts

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After a delightful dim sum lunch to celebrate Mother’s Day, my family took a walk into the Baylands. We saw many swallows, egrets, terns and even a matching family of avocets, herding their fuzzy babies down to the water. Along … Continue reading

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First-Grade Fieldwork

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At HEAL Farm, with my son’s first grade class. We were doing field studies of Calendula officinalis during our lunch break.

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Busy as a bee!

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April has come and gone! I’ve been very busy with classes. I have completed Color Mixing with Susan Fisher, started Watercolor I with Lee McCaffree and also did a one-day Field Studies workshop. I’m eager to get to the point … Continue reading

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And they’re off!

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I mailed off my final projects for Botany through Drawing today – a week ahead of the due date, feeling pretty proud! I am eager to get all of my assignments back and read my instructor’s comments. Then I would … Continue reading

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A Dozen Fruits

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Yesterday I completed a page of fruit, including dry, dehiscent, indehiscent and fleshy fruits. It is still missing many labels, but the drawings are complete. Producing this volume of work has been challenging but great – it has forced me … Continue reading