The foundation of master botanical drawing lies in the artist’s passion for the subject. Botanical artists mostly begin with outlining the plant’s anatomy while infusing the line with the indescribable quotient of inspiration. Their honed technique brings the plant to life on paper or vellum. The artist is conversing with the viewer through the line, a complex discussion of the plant’s structure and beauty, weaving in and out with a master’s attention to efficiency. The line breathes life into the plant, the use of shading amplifies value and as the artist marries both, fireworks! DaVinci said, “The painter who draws merely by practice and by eye, without any reason, is like a mirror which copies everything placed in front of it without being conscious of their existence.” ”Where the spirit does not work with the hand, there is no art.”
Meet us in September at www.sfnbotanicalart.com for an intimate look at Denise Walser-Kolar’s exquisite fruit drawings.