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.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Day 12 - A Drawing a Day

Drawing On the Masters
Sketchbooks in general... seem to contain mainly studies for paintings... For me, the sketchbooks are more like a secret and wholly spontaneous jeu d'esprit and some of them I like as much as anything I have ever done. They are invariably without premeditation. I mean not only that I have no plan when I make them,
I also have no plan to make them.
Robert Motherwell

Grazing pony, ballpoint pen on toned paper, by Libby Kyer. This little mare was nibbling fast enough to move frequently, but in a very ordered step-wise fashion. So I started the image when she had her left foot forward, and waited for her to hit that pose again in 3 steps! After 3 or 4 repeats, I had her.
In drawing, patience actually IS a virtue.
Sometimes, its just as important to see what others are doing in art as it is to look at your own goals and skills. This book provides just that, a look into the minds of other artists committed to drawing.
Click HERE to go directly to this book and page through for more information.

How About: Head for the library or bookstore and check out a number of sketchbook and drawing volumes. Spend some time with at least 3 disparate artists' styles. Take a moment and sketch a nearby object in the style of each artist. What have you discovered about yourself?

Click HERE to send your drawing scans to share.

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