Heeyoung Kim, Science of Watercolor Brushstrokes, October 4, 2012

On October 4, 2012 ,  the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum welcomes Heeyoung Kim, presenting the “Science of Watercolor Brushstrokes” at the Thornhill Education Center from 7 to 9 pm.

As Heeyoung explains,

Painting watercolor botanicals on hot-pressed watercolor paper is quite different from other types of watercolor paintings. It requires extreme control over the amount of water and brush strokes. It is all about the interacting process of water, paint, and paper, which can be explained scientifically, but in a very simple way.  The only or main tool for this whole process is the brush and the artist is the facilitator, in my personal point of view, who should create the best working environment for the tool and media. Working with transparent watercolor on hot-pressed watercolor paper is so sensitive that every single brush stroke is seen through or affects the next steps. Therefore, understanding how the brush works is critical in creating successful watercolor botanical paintings.

Fringed Gentian, Gentianopsis crinita, © Heeyoung Kim

Botanical artist and instructor Heeyoung Kim was the gold medal winner of the Royal Horticultural Society London Botanical Art Exhibition in March, 2012.  She has shown her works in ASBA/HSNY International Juried Botanical Art Exhibitions (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 – Honorable Mentions Award, 2010, Award of Merit, 2011), 13th Hunt International (2010), and Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World (2009-2011).  You can view more of Heeyoung’s beautiful artwork on her website, prairieplantart.com.  

 Guests and visitors are welcome to join us for this wonderful program!  Please ask for directions to Thornhill as you enter the Arboretum gate.

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