Rosie Sanders is internationally celebrated for her striking watercolour paintings of flowers. She started out many years ago as a traditional Botanical artist and among other things, spent about eight years working on The Apple Book, a monograph of apple cultivars, all of which were painted in a true botanical style. Since then she has been consistently innovating, challenging the boundaries and perceptions of contemporary botanical art by evoking a range of emotions. As a result her paintings transcend pure representation or scientific documentation.
“I feel there is tremendous scope for portraying flowers in what I could loosely describe as a botanical way, i.e. being true to the flower, but in a much more expressive way, without it being just watercolours of flowers. I’m excited by the idea of a new way, it could be in mixed media, watercolour, drawing, collage, oils, mixtures of different things, and also interpretations of size and scale. Perhaps something could be done in three dimensions instead of two. There seems to me a large untapped area”
This new course with Rosie at Coombe ‘Flowers Set Free’ is an exploration of exploration of all of the above “all of us working together and inspiring each other” we are delighted to be running it for the first time after many years of showing Rosie’s work at our gallery in Dartmouth.
It is always good to work from life so you will work in the studio and gardens at Coombe (weather permitting) at a time when plenty of strong shaped flowers are around and if you have any particular flower you would like to work on please do also bring photographs.
Rosie’s work has been displayed in many galleries, including the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art in Kew Gardens and Jonathan Cooper Gallery since 2002. She has also been awarded five Gold medals by the Royal Horticultural Society and won the Royal Academy Miniature award.
This course is suitable for all abilities.
MATERIALS LIST – please bring the following items with you
- Watercolours (mix of colours)
- Acrylics (mix of colours)
- Drawing materials (pencils etc) Picture 3655
- Assortment of watercolour papers of different weights
- Other papers such as Japanese or anything interesting
- Assortment of brushes, large and small
- Any pictures that you find inspiring