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Botanical Art : Hellebore Leaf

Traditional Botanical Art : Leaf : Botanical Watercolour of a Leaf from the Garden

Botanical watercolour illustration seeks to capture the tiny details that give leaves their individuality. Painting realistic watercolour leaves and plants to complement wildlife paintings of the local British woodland animals and birds is necessary to portray them in their realistic habitats; their entire natural environment is built from leaves and plants and trees and flowers.


This leaf was painted in a traditional, realistic style but it has a certain contemporary feel about it in the way in which it appears to be dancing.
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British Botanical Art : Botanical Art and Local Wildlife : Hellebore Leaf

Getting to know a leaf by painting it in detail helps to bring its character to life; this hellebore leaf looks like a plain green leaf but upon close inspection the various areas of the leaf, along the edges and veins, are really a mixture of different yellow, green and even red shades of watercolour paint. It is this careful application of colour that builds its overall form, giving it a 3D appearance.

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Drawing wildlife using coloured pencils

Coloured pencil wildlife art paintings and drawings. 

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British Wildlife Watercolours

British Wildlife Watercolours.
British wildlife, birds and flowers are carefully painted using watercolours, based on the wildlife and botanical subjects from the garden and local woods.
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Watercolours can be used to capture the beauty in the animal or plant subject using the fluidity of the paints.

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