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 14, 2014

Day 14 - A Drawing a Day

Drawing On the Masters
Drawing is like making an expressive gesture with the advantage of permanence.
Henri Matisse

Cactus in graphite and white on toned, textured paper, by Susi Olson. Susi says she did this drawing from a photograph, having despaired of ever seeing anything growing again during a 10-day trip to a cold, snowy Montana. Drawing is a great way of altering your immediate reality, pulling you into remembered places or tapping your memories of items you photographed for just such an emergency!

Click HERE for a nice explanation of one way to use photos for drawing. The author makes a good point - make sure you are using your own photo, or photos in public domain to avoid copyright problems.
How About: We all have so many photos we've taken as we travel, or simply from our own gardens. Take some time to organize your photos, if you're short on inspiration. You might want to gather them into groups by specimen, color, setting or subject. Regardless, you'll probably find something that intrigues you long before you get to the end of this task, and will find the drawing board calling you again.

Click HERE to send your drawing scans to share.

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