Practice Iris, SBA Sketchbook

This is a Dutch iris, which is the main flower in my Mixed Study for the SBA diploma.  I painted this as practice so it will go in my sketchbook. I’ve finished the painting but I’ll post it after I get my marks back, so stay tuned! I have just over 2 weeks left to […]

Cabbage Drawing, SBA Sketchbook

I am starting on my diploma portfolio as I near the completion of the SBA course in March. Above is my initial drawing for the vegetable or fruit assignment…lots ‘o shading of crinkly leaves ahead!  I recently hit the veggie jackpot when I visited the Portland Farmer’s Market.  Even in December, they had lush stacks […]

Mixed Autumn Flora, SBA Assignment 12

At the nursery I gathered several possible combinations of plants as I pulled my wagon down the isle. I wanted harmonious but not boring colors, and a variety of textures and blossom sizes.  I wanted to render my plants life-size so needed them to fit on an 11.75″ x 16.5″ (29.7cm x 42cm) piece of […]

Toad Lily Sketches, SBA Sketchbook

 It’s hard to believe that I am beginning my twelfth assignment with the SBA course that I started in January 2011. Next will be three ‘senior projects’ that will summarize all we have learned over the last two years, then on to graduation in April of 2013.  Tricyrtis ‘Purple Beauty’ This assignment is called “Mixed […]

Columbia River Gorge Wildflowers, Assignment 10

I spent three weekends doing a field study of the Catherine Creek area of the Columbia River Gorge, and these are the four wildflowers and one grass that I chose to represent this beautiful area.  Of course, this is just a very small sampling of the many wildflowers that can be found there.  The graphite […]