Mission Statement

The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists is an open and diverse group of artists, collectors and admirers who share a love for the practice and perpetuation of botanical art and illustration with a fond focus on plants in the Rocky Mountain Region.
We encourage and participate in educational outreach, juried and non-juried exhibits, lectures, workshops and regular chapter meetings. The RMSBA is proud to be the very first chapter affiliation of the international organization, the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Drawing a Day, Week 5, Day One

Pen and ink is the cornerstone of botanical and scientific art. It was the go-to medium for the illustrators traveling with the great expeditions in the Age of Exploration. It was versatile, resisted fade and water, was expressive and useful in fine detail. This week, you may want to make a commitment to pen and ink for the last days of our Drawing a Day adventure. After all, it's always been there for us! Try this link for some pointers:
Good tips for anyone interested in pen and ink. Here are a couple of pen and ink drawings combining ink and color.

Cyclamen, pen and ink with watercolor, Renee Jorgensen, has immediacy, plenty of information, and portrays the wonderful curling petals that draw people to cyclamens.
Leaning Geranium, ink drawing with colored pencil overlay for quick punch, Libby Kyer

We have a few more days before the month ends, and we want to see what you've been doing. Be sure to send  our images to rmsbartists@gmail.com. Can't wait to see what you've been up to.

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