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Wendy Brightbill - All Things Floral (Wendy Brightbill Studio 2020)
All Things Floral
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“I must have flowers, always and always.”
I have always been drawn to painting and sketching flowers in my work. For me, flowers represent the healing power of beauty. I believe that we need beauty and art, now even more than ever! Not only that, the world needs more art. The world needs YOUR art. Beauty draws us out of our experiences and offers us hope during difficult times.
In this course, I will share more about my process for creating abstract botanical sketches. In particular, we will be focused on these concepts:
Line work and sketching
Layers for creating depth and movement
Choosing dynamic color palettes
Building a pleasing composition
I love stepping out of the box in my work. I love to mix a little abstraction into my floral still life paintings. Join me for this deeper dive into shape and botanical expression. I will also be using my latest stencil collection as part of the floral layers in my pieces. You don’t need all of my stencils to participate in the course. If you can’t purchase all of the stencils, I recommend getting the Vase Floral Stencil and the Wildflower Lace Mask.
You can purchase my Build Your Own Bouquet Stencils here.
CONTENT for the Course: This course will have to finish process videos for 4-6 pieces of artwork. There will be at least 4-6 hours of content available in this course.
Materials and Supplies:
Black Mixed media paper (Strathmore)
Gel pens in a variety of colors especially white (Sakura Gelly Roll)
1-2 Stretched canvases or cradled art board
Favorite mark making materials (Neo-color II’s, charcoal, Inktense pencils)
Acrylics (heavy body)
Matte gel medium
Spray Workable Fixative *optional (This is good to have in order to seal your gel pens, and pastels)
Build Your Own Bouquet Stencils (optional)
NOTE: I try to keep my supply lists fairly loose. I honestly believe in using what you have around you. Example: If you don’t have black mixed media paper, paint a black background onto whatever paper you want to use. I also love using any of Strathmore’s toned mixed media paper for these pieces as well! My favorite brand of paint is Charvin acrylics, but again, use what you have on hand.
My name is Wendy Brightbill and I am somewhat of a creative wanderer, an artist who enjoys exploring a multitude of mediums and styles. I love messy child-like play especially when it involves paint. I picked up a paintbrush after a car accident rearranged my brain from a closed head injury. I believe that there is healing to be found in art making and getting lost in the process. I try not to treat my art as being too precious, and yet, I am deeply committed to my daily creative practice. Art making is a little like breathing air for me. I can’t live without it. I am also a mother to three beautiful girls and a wife of 17 years to my biggest cheerleader. I have lived in Colorado for all of my life. All I ever needed to know, I learned from being a kindergarten teacher for four years. I just turned forty and I am finding this new found super power of saying no to the things that don’t bring me joy or peace.
Introduction and Inspiration (36:29)
Materials and Supplies (54:35)
Introduction to Sketch Lab (20:20)
One Flower Many Ways: Pansies (Day 1) (31:03)
One Flower Many Ways: Columbines (Day 2) (40:47)
Contour Drawing (Day 3) (62:41)
Use of Form (Shape) Day 4 (24:07)
Mark Making and Painted Lines (Day 5) (21:35)
Composition and Process
Blue Paper Piece (Day 1) (77:59)
Blue Board Piece (Day 2) (117:29)
Botanical Sketch on Black Paper (Day 3) (75:52)
Layered Piece (Day 4) (92:44)
Coral Painting (Day 5) (62:44)
I love stepping out of the box in my work.I love to mix a little abstraction into my floral still life paintings.Join me for this deeper dive into shape and botanical expression.I will also be using my latest stencil collection as part of the floral layers in my pieces.You don’t need all of my stencils to participate in the course.If you can’t purchase all of the stencils, I recommend getting the Vase Floral Stencil and the Wildflower Lace Mask.
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