Susan Morse, a drawing instructor at the Cleveland Botanical Garden and president of the Guild of Nature Artists at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, shares pointers for aspiring and advanced artists who want to capture nature on paper.
››Advanced: Plan how to compile a new setting from existing elements. In other words, take the preliminary sketches and find a way to reinvent the scene.
››Advanced: Gardens contain layers of interest, so view the area from an upstairs window to get an aerial view. Sit on the ground and look up at foliage to gain a different perspective. “You may draw something you’ve done before in a completely different way,” Morse says.
››Advanced: Layer colors as if you are mixing paints on a palette. Add water, and blend colors together for an impressionistic Monet feel.
››Advanced: Monet planted and grew favorite subject matter in his famous Giverny gardens. Morse has worked some of her favorite flowers to paint —foxglove and peony — into her landscape. As you discover favorite species, plant several varieties of it and explore the difference in each strain. You can create an inspirational environment at home.