Watercolour workshop with Libby Derham


Abstracting the Gardens Through Loose and Contemporary Watercolours

Join watercolour artist Libby Derham as she guides you through explorations of loose and playful watercolour landscapes. Using the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens as the source of inspiration, participants will learn to seek palettes of colour beyond the immense green canopy and incorporate layering of sensory mark-making to add depth.

All materials included.

Artist Bio – Libby Derham

Watercolour runs in Libby’s veins, going back four generations in her family. She has a strong appreciation of the beauty in natural landscapes and works plein air weekly.

Working intuitively, Libby focuses on authenticity of marks and representing sounds and visual movements through line. She begins by laying down the sounds and movements in the landscape, currently drawn to bird song, noting this down through masked and pencil lines. Next she builds the visual elements, painting with washes or shape and form, pulling together the colours of the landscape. Libby likes to push the medium of watercolour, experimenting on unexpected substrates. She has long been drawn to the use of envelopes, going back to treasured airmail letters kept in envelopes as a child, to bookbinding with them in printmaking. Using worn, torn envelopes, there is a resurgence of new life in a once discarded item giving prominence and ultimately admiration.

Originally from England, she studied Visual Art at Surrey Institute of Art and Design in the UK After migrating she completed a teaching degree, majoring in Visual Art, at Monash University, Victoria. Libby has been finalist in the Du Rietz Art Awards and the Local Artist Local Content Awards.

Date And Time: Fri., 11 June 2021 10:00 am – 2:00 pm AEST

Location: Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden, Arts & Ecology Centre 51 Palm Creek Road Tanawha, QLD 4556

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