My Botanical Painting Course

I finally made it onto a botanical illustration course. After I declared my interest last month I’d been looking for a local course to attend so that I could learn the basics.

Nothing materialised but then I got a newsletter from Alitex (purveyors of gorgeous greenhouses – hey, a girl can dream can’t she?). And in it there was a link to a botanical illustration course held at their greenhouse show site (another excuse – do I need any more?) with renowned botanical illustrator, Billy Showell. What a piece of luck?

Even though it was a two and a half hour drive from my house I signed up, immediately.

Firstly, Billy was amazing. She came prepared and we got down to drawing straight away. Her teaching style was spot on. She showed us how to do things, gave us tips and shortcuts and helped me when I hit a tricky bit. In short she was lovely.

Lunch was in one of the conservatories and since the sun had come out it was the perfect setting. And… it was decked beautifully with easy chairs, old wooden doors, Lemon and Olive trees and some nighttime ambience for that long summer evening.

We also had the opportunity to wander around the greenhouses and tick off features on our imaginary list and say things like, “Oh! I would definitely have that in my greenhouse.”

And then, after all this, I got to take home this painting.

Which, I can hardly believe, I created with my own bare hands. I’m thrilled.

15 Responses to “My Botanical Painting Course”

  1. Billy Showellon 25 Feb 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Wow your finished painting looks great, it is great to see the whole day pictured like this. Alitex did us proud with a wonderful room,hospitality and lunch, it made the day stress free for me, so I could concentrate on the students. Such a great end painting makes it all worthwhile. I only wish I could have on e of the heritage Greenhouses, they are beautiful. billy

  2. Brendaon 26 Feb 2012 at 2:03 am

    Love your painting

  3. Sally - My Custard Pieon 26 Feb 2012 at 2:46 am

    Sounds like a course of the best kind. I’ve always wanted to try some botanical painting. Your finished picture looks really accomplished.

  4. Kaveyon 26 Feb 2012 at 9:43 am

    Wow, looove your painting, so impressed. Sounds like a great experience!

  5. VPon 26 Feb 2012 at 10:52 am

    Serendipity rules! Looks like you had a great day :)

  6. Alisonon 26 Feb 2012 at 2:23 pm

    And so you should be thrilled – well done, lovely picture!

  7. Debbieon 26 Feb 2012 at 8:20 pm

    what a lovely day and what a fab painting

  8. Billy Hon 27 Feb 2012 at 8:13 am

    Completely delighted you had such a lovely day here at Torberry – your images are great, it looks like the perfect spring day.

  9. Jacquion 27 Feb 2012 at 10:15 am

    Wow, just love your painting of tulips. I’d be thrilled too to produce a picture like yours. The course sound great.

  10. claireon 27 Feb 2012 at 11:15 am


  11. Leaon 27 Feb 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Looks like you had a really great day!
    Lovely painting of the tulips!
    Have a great week!
    Lea’s Menagerie

  12. Gazon 27 Feb 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Well done! you are rightly proud of your painting!

  13. Judion 28 Feb 2012 at 2:20 pm

    Doing some searches on garden blogs and came across mtp. Really love the design. Enjoyed my botanical painting course, pushing me to follow up on some courses. That is always provided I don’t miss the date!

  14. Deco Caton 28 Feb 2012 at 7:02 pm

    That looks beautiful!

  15. Stephen Byrneon 28 Feb 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Brilliant! What a talented lady you are Dear Founder. Steve