Plant illustration with Lizzie Harper – Virtual Workshop

Butterfly Conservation are excited to bring you an amazing illustration workshop with the renowned Natural History Illustrator, Lizzie Harper. Join Lizzie live to begin painting your own Bird’s-foot trefoil flower in real time.
Bird’s foot trefoil is a common wildflower, and is an important food plant for numerous caterpillars, including the Dingy Skipper (one of the species we’re targeting for conservation).
Other butterflies and moths that rely on this lovely little plant to feed their larvae include the Common Blue, Six-spot Burnet moth, Green Hairstreak and Wood White. On top of this, the flowers are an important nectar source for many more species of butterflies.
For anyone with a love of wild flowers and butterflies, this is an obvious plant to draw and paint.
This is an amazing opportunity to see how the professionals produce those accurate botanical illustrations. By the end of the 90minute session you will have had the opportunity to paint a section of a Bird’s-foot trefoil plant, and will know how to tackle both the leaves and the flowers. (You may not have a completed illustration though, as finishing a botanical illustration often takes hours).
Prior to the event you will receive a kit list, a reference image, and a ready-prepared template to enable you to focus specifically on practicing the painting techniques that Lizzie will guide you through without first having to produce your own line drawing on the day.
However, if you’d like to draw up the plant yourself without a template, feel free to do so.
This free event is being brought to you by the Chequered Skippers – Taking Flight project funded by the Government’s Green Recovery Challenge Fund.
There is an option to make a donation to the Beds & Northants Butterfly Conservation Branch to support the future work of volunteers conserving butterflies in Rockingham Forest.
A Zoom link will be made available to registered participants before the event.

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