Jenny Phillips’ Botanical Watercolor Class
The Friends of Robinson Gardens had the privilege of hosting Jenny Phillips for our fall Botanical Watercolor Class. Jenny is the Director and Founder of the Botanical Art School of Melbourne, Australia. Having received many awards for her work, Jenny is highly recognized for her extraordinary contributions to botanical watercolor painting. Her love of gardening and interest in botanical art has allowed her to develop her skill and knowledge to a remarkable level.
Jenny’s ability to capture the ‘essence’, beauty and life of a plant, without compromising on botanical details, makes her work extremely collectible.
-A quote from Jenny’s Botanical Art School of Melbourne’s web page.
Due to Jenny’s encouragement we stepped out of the mold and experimented with BOLD watercolor painting techniques. We felt so liberated! As students, we marveled as we watched Jenny create the most detailed hydrangea leaf and flowers in record time! “How does she do that?”
As we continue to document plants that grow on the estate, we studied and painted the Hawaiian White Hibiscus that was in bloom in our Italian Garden. Perhaps, this will become part of our Florilegium. We also had the opportunity to paint beautiful botanicals of Hydrangea.
We eagerly look forward to her return to Robinson Gardens. To learn more about Jenny Phillips and her botanical art school, visit her website at www.jennyphillips.org.
Post by Julia Klein
Member of Friends of Robinson Gardens