Kathleen Gordon – Botanical Painting

Kathleen Gordon has just finished her Botanical Painting Diploma Course, with a Distinction. Tutor Shevaun Doherty said…

“I really love her page of Zinnia flowers. She painted Zinnias for one of her previous assignments, but decided to revisit them for her diploma work, choosing to try out a completely different composition. This is bright, fresh and very contemporary. It’s always a good idea to revisit a subject- as you get to know and understand your subject, you become more confident, and can start to be more creative in your approach.

I also like her painting of clementines. Kathleen has really put a lot of thought and effort into the composition and the lighting of her subject, and her tones are superb as a result. I normally convert the images into black and white, so that I can see the tonal values easily. It’s something that I encourage my students to do too as very often it’s the tones of a painting that can be slightly off, not the colour. Her colour choices are also great- she has chosen some great transparent glazes to build up the rich colours on the orange skin. Inspiring work!”

Shevaun Doherty
Botanical Painting Diploma Course

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