GUEST ARTIST: Painting Plant Portraits

#Doodlewash - Watercolor Illustration by Julia Trickey - leaves from Bath Botanical Gardens - #WorldWatercolorGroup

Hello! My name is Julia Trickey and I am a botanical artist and tutor, living in the beautiful historic English city of Bath (Follow me on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and visit my website!). I enjoy painting anything plant or natural history related.

I’ve loved drawing right from childhood so once I left school it was a natural progression to apply for a place to study Visual Communication at art college. However, the figurative style of painting I enjoyed working in was rather discouraged, so I found myself all at sea and rather than illustration I got involved in lettering and general graphic design projects. So, ironically, I stopped drawing when I went to art college.

Years later when my children were little, I was looking for a hobby outside of the home and saw a botanical art course advertised at my local adult education centre. I signed up and in the first class we drew horse chestnut conkers and I was immediately hooked.

From that moment I haven’t looked back, have exhibited my work all round the world and have received numerous awards for my paintings. I now tutor classes in Bath as well as running workshops further afield. I have also written articles for art magazines and have produced botanical art DVDs and leaflets (available through my website.)

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In 2014, I was privileged to be part of a group of botanical artists invited to Transylvania to record and depict the local flora. In the same year my botanical illustrations appeared on Royal Mail Post & Go British Flora stamps.

Botanical Art has been around as an art form for many years, starting with illustrated herbals, whilst pre-photography explorers would be accompanied by a botanical artist, whose task would be to record the new and exciting plants found on their travels.

Nowadays there is a strong community of botanical artists all round the world, some still working for more scientific purposes and others, like myself, depicting flowers, fruit and leaves in an accurate style but mainly for their aesthetic beauty.

fading-gerberasI am personally particularly drawn towards less than perfect specimens such as fading flowers, autumn leaves and seed heads.

The process of producing botanical watercolours involves applying layers of watercolour to build up depth of colour and form. Each wash is allowed to dry before the next is applied.

Detail is added with drier techniques and a fine brush. Consequently it can be a very absorbing and time consuming process but when done well results in glowing, rich, vibrant plant portraits.

Julia Trickey

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  1. Merilee 6 years ago

    Fabulous! Love the fading flowers…

  2. M. L. Kappa 6 years ago

    Lovely work, Julia! Have followed you on Instagram

  3. creatingincolors 6 years ago

    Your paintings are beautiful and so realistic!

  4. Annie 6 years ago

    Julia, your work is lovely! I admire the patience you must have to render such tiny detail!

    • Annie 6 years ago

      Just purchased five of your leaflets! 😉

  5. Laura (PA Pict) 6 years ago

    Your botanical paintings are exquisite. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 6 years ago

    Julia, I love how you imbue aging flowers with tender beauty. Your work is enchanting – I can get lost in the exquisite details. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Jill Kuhn 6 years ago

    Your details are amazing! 😊 I have always found botanical art so intriguing. I love how delicate your subjects are and your colors so rich. I’m now following you on Instagram. 💜

  8. juliannemakesart 6 years ago

    Your work is stunning! Reminds me of vintage seed packets, in a way.

  9. Teri C 6 years ago

    Gorgeous paintings! Just gorgeous!

  10. jeanmackayart 6 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing here!

  11. FlowerAlley 6 years ago

    Wonderful. I have needed to find you. Hooray.

  12. Anita 5 years ago

    Amazing!! Love your work! What a talent you have 🙂

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