Well, there’s good news for all the budding Van Goghs, Constables, Turners or Monets out there.
Known as Scotland’s most exotic garden, the Logan Botanic Garden runs a dedicated art class to help amateur artists create their own masterpieces.
Located near Stranraer in Wigtownshire, the garden offers both stunning views and an outstanding collection of plants – a wealth of artistic opportunities for artists of all abilities.
Whether it’s the palms and ferns of Antipodean forests, giant rhubarb-like gunnera, the fishpond adorned with water lilies, or the elegant Victorian-style greenhouse, there’s no shortage of eye-catchers to inspire.
The art classes, taking place on June 11th and 12th, will be led by celebrated local artist Glenda Waterworth, who draws inspiration from the countryside and the sea.
“My paintings are rich in texture and vibrant color and express a mood and an abstract sense of place,” she said.
She describes her teaching style as “relaxed” and says her goal is for participants to “have fun in class.”
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She wants to encourage people to use their own intuition and be as experimental as they dare in creating their artworks and will stand by to guide them.
It’s all about learning and enjoying the process, she says, not just the last bit.
“By participating, participants can expect a fun and fresh approach to capturing the colors and sentiments of the gardens through structured exercises, sketches and experiments,” said Ms. Waterworth.
The first day focuses on exploring and developing ideas that will help build a finished work of art.
Participants are encouraged to take photos and do some preliminary sketches on the site to get a feel for the area and to consider which themes they would like to focus on.
The aim is for the students to use their own inspiration and personal interests.
According to Ms Waterworth, the setting of a garden can be intricate and overwhelming, so she will show how drawings and sketches can be simplified – an important skill for artists.
This is followed by painting exercises to “loosen up” and useful tricks for working with acrylic paint are passed on.
Texture is a large part of the artist’s own work, so she will help students explore techniques and incorporate materials such as leaves and other garden objects into their creations.
The second day consists mainly of building a final work from start to finish with the support of the artist.
Located on the south-western tip of Scotland, Logan Botanic Garden enjoys an almost sub-tropical climate.
Its avenues and borders feature a spectacular and colorful array of semi-hardy perennials. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, plants from Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America and South Africa thrive in the site’s mild climate.
Richard Baines, curator at Logan said: “The garden can be really inspirational and bring us all much closer to nature in a peaceful and tranquil setting.
“Learning in a relaxed atmosphere with a talented teacher allows us all to get the most out of our creativity.”
Logan is one of four sites owned by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a registered charity and leading international research organization providing knowledge, education and phytosanitary interventions around the world.
Together the Scottish Gardens – Edinburgh, in the capital; Benmore, near Dunoon in Argyll and Bute; Dawyck, near Peebles in the Scottish Borders; and Logan – attract nearly a million visitors each year.
Logan’s original garden dates from 1869.
Gifted to the nation a century later, it officially became the Logan Botanic Garden — celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019.