St. Albert Painters Guild
Botanical Watercolour Workshop
with Rayma Peterson
Rayma Kempinsky Peterson is a Canadian botanical artist, botanist and art teacher. Her specialty is painting plants in their native habitats, including unique close up scenes showing people the breathtaking beauty that is underfoot.
Draw on composition before coming to class.
Choose your colour palette
Start to paint
Continue to work, drawing and painting
Negative and positive shapes
PRIORITIES: use good watercolour paper, primary and secondary colours (red, blue, yellow and green, violet, orange) and good brushes for the best results. Remember, the better your pigments and paper the better your painting will be. You will grow in leaps and bounds if you use good colours and paper.
These are the materials that I use personally. Not all are necessary for this workshop, but are just suggestions for your reference.
I use the Stephen Quiller colour wheel. This is the best colour wheel I have ever used as he has researched where each pigment lies along the wheel. This helps you pick out perfect complements or triads. It also assists in picking out good colour harmonies for a unified painting.
Come with your composition drawn onto your good watercolour paper. I suggest something like 7 x 11” or 9 x 12” for the purposes of this workshop. I generally use a B pencil and draw lightly. When drawing on your composition keep in mind your centre of interest.