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Butterfly Study in Watercolour | Heidi Willis

Butterfly Study in Watercolour | Heidi Willis

Australian born, Heidi Willis is an entirely self-taught Natural History watercolour artist, specialising in botanical illustration and bird painting. Her work intricately illustrates our native and exotic plants, flowers, fruits and seed capsules, whilst her powerful & distinctive portraits of our spectacular bird life offers viewers an insight into the world as she experiences it.

Through extensive demonstrations, step by step tuition and guided hands on learning, this workshop will explore the wonderful challenge of painting a popular natural history illustration subject, an in-depth bird study!

About this workshop

This is a two day event held in Brisbane, focussing on butterfly illustration in watercolour. Butterflies are an astounding painting subject to explore and watercolour brings so many wonderful qualities to the table to capture them with. 

With this come the questions of 'how do I do it though!?' and that's where Heidi comes in! 
She will walk you through the process and approaches to create a lovely butterfly painting of your own, equipping you with plenty of helpful strategies and knowledge about the subject, and watercolour medium along the way. 

What will I learn?

Being such an intricate subject, Heidi will focus quite strongly on dry brushing techniques to create refined, smaller work and detail. The subject/s will be carefully selected and crafted to maximise your exposure, knowledge and learning about this fantastic medium and genre. 

It's going to be fun! Butterflies bring colour, texture, symmetry and beauty to the mix, and you'll be looking at all of these aspects over your painting days with Heidi. 

Learn, improve, enjoy is the name of the game for this workshop. 

Who is this workshop suitable for?

This workshop is suitable for artists with any level of experience so come along and enjoy learning more about this wonderful art form and medium.  Dont worry if you're a beginner, Heidi works with everyone to progress you to the next place of learning, no matter where you currently sit. We all start somewhere and this is a brilliant subject to explore. 

What do I need to bring?

You can supply your own paints or you can rent a paint pack from Heidi (prices below). Please pre order your kit in advance by emailing us at team@bienarte.com.au

Heidi uses Artist quality Winsor & Newton tubes. This is her full list: 

Winsor Violet                                    Perylene Maroon                         Permanent Rose 
Permanent Magenta                        Winsor Red                                  Indigo                      
French Ultramarine Blue                  Raw Sienna                                 Burnt Sienna                               
Olive Green                                       Permanent Sap Green                Cobalt Blue                                  
Cerulean Blue (Red shade - the lightest one possible)                      Cobalt Turquoise (Light) 
Green Gold                                       Winsor Lemon                              Windsor Yellow Deep 
Scarlet Lake                                     Neutral Tint

Not sure about paint? You can share Heidi's for the workshop for $35 for either the 2-day or 3-day workshops or $50 if you are doing all 5 days (both workshops)

Other Items:
• Pencil - 2B (PROGRESSO graphite stick, if possible)
• Mechanical pencil 0.5mm HB 
• White plastic eraser 
• Scotch 'magic' tape 
• Palette (a KLIK Palette) x 2

• Masking Fluid (colourless)
• Ruling pen if you can get one, or have one. If not, I'll have some you can borrow

Paper/ Board/ Brushes:
These supplies can be difficult to get as individuals, time-consuming at best, so Heidi will take care of it for you to make it easy. Heidi will bring a set of brushes (4 in a set) and the stock/paper you will work on in the workshop. These items can be purchased in cash from Heidi on the day. The board is $10/sheet, brush sets approx. $29.  You'll also need $1-$2 for the printed worksheets for the workshop.
Heidi will bring a few ruling pens to share with the group. Masking fluid, one tip, if you are bringing a bottle, pop it into a Ziploc bag to save yourself any potential disasters!

• Bring your lunch and snacks or you can purchase from cafes close by.

What else is provided

• Tea, coffee and biscuits (bring your own cup)
• A friendly, supportive and encouraging learning environment
• Connection to the Bienarte art community

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$480 Limited inc GST
Butterfly Study in Watercolour | Heidi Willis

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