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British Botanical Art : Wildflowers and Fruits

Contemporary Botanical Watercolours and Traditional Botanical Art
A botanical art journey was started with one intention - to give nuts and berries, and leaves and flowers, and fruits and vegetables - and even twigs - to the insects, animals and birds in my British wildlife watercolours and dry media paintings.

red tulip painting and ladybird
British Botanical Art : Watercolour Red Tulip and Ladybird

Finding a little 'spare’ time to create a kitchen garden is often sought and, occasionally, managed - but as such time nearly always goes before it arrives, a certain acceptance, even fondness, has grown towards the ever-increasing patches of wildness that naturally appear and attract more wildlife into the garden.

british botanical painting ivy leaf and woodlouse natural history

Traditional Botanical Art : Ivy Leaf : Woodlouse

These wild patches seem to be an extension of the fertile soils from the local ancient woods and nearby semi-rural countryside. They provide foods and habitats for the small mammals and birds who reside in and around the garden - and an abundance of greenery and seasonal splashes of colour to paint.

leaf painting botanical detail
British Botanical Art : Leaf

Many botanical paintings are undertaken with this in mind. Sometimes, it is simply a leaf or a flower that has appealed to me on its own merits but, more so, one that has been painted to aid familiarisation - to 'get to know it' - before deciding whether it might be included in a wildlife painting and help focus a little attention on the relationships between wildlife and their habitats.

Botanical Art in traditional, realistic and contemporary, more whimsical styles - mostly watercolours and coloured pencils.

More botanical paintings and specific botanical subjects can be found on the Home page.

For details of botanical art drawing and painting classes, please email via Enquiries.

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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.
Wildlife such as small British woodland animals (badgers, foxes, squirrels, mice, bats, deer, otters, wild cats, stoats, weasels - even wild boar, pine martens, beavers and, one day, lynx may return to the wilds of Britain!) and UK garden birds, butterflies and bees, along with ladybirds and dragonflies, add to the joys to be found in the garden, or just beyond, all year round.

Watercolours can be used to capture the beauty in the animal or plant subject using the fluidity of the paints.

Everyone's favourite! A beautiful owl resting amongst the bluebells.

Watercolours can be used in a variety of wildlife paintings for different effects based on creative preferences. For the traditional, realistic bird and wild animal paintings, dry applications of paint are built up slowly to create depth and form…

British Wildlife Coloured Pencils

Drawing wildlife using coloured pencils

Coloured pencil wildlife art paintings and drawings. 

Detailed wildlife and botanical drawings and paintings can be gained using coloured pencils which range from student grade to professional grade.

The following animal pencil paintings were achieved using a mixture of coloured pencil brands but mainly Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran D’ache Swisscolour.

Detail is captured as realistically as possible whilst retaining the creative style.

Realistic British wildlife art by wildlife and botanical coloured pencil artist.

Wildlife Drawing Classes

Wildlife Drawing Classes
Wildlife art classes in drawing wildlife.
There is more to be gained from drawing British wildlife than drawing and sketching alone – with wildlife art classes, there can be enjoyment in discovering about some of Britain’s favourite animals and birds in the company of other artists and nature enthusiasts, through drawing wildlife classes which bring together like-minded individuals in a pleasant setting.

Drawing animals and birds from life is an excellent way to engage with the natural world around us. An understanding of wildlife anatomy, behaviour and environment, through observations and sketches, can help build the skills and knowledge necessary for more detailed graphite or coloured pencil drawings of British wildlife and birds.

Drawing class subjects include the familiar favourites such as: foxes, squirrels, hedgehogs, mice, deer and birds, plus some of the more elusive characters from the British countryside – badgers, otters, wildcats, newts, hawks and…