Earth Day Art Workshop: Botanical Watercolor with Penny Crawford

Celebrate Earth Day with Grand Bay NERR by exploring botanical watercolor art. Guest instructor Penny Crawford will lead the workshop. Materials and supplies are provided with $40 workshop fee. Update: Workshop fee has been reduced to $30 to more accurately reflect material costs. 

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Penny was born and raised in Louisiana. She and her husband moved to Diamondhead, MS from Slidell, LA just in time for hurricane Katrina.  Drawing and an interest in nature were always a part of Penny’s life.  Time spent in her garden, boating along area rivers, walking and dirt biking have all been sources of inspiration.  With both parents being artistic, and no formal training, Penny enjoys learning about different mediums, including watercolor, pastels, acrylic, charcoal and pen and ink.  Botanical paintings of plant materials are drawn in pen and ink and painted in vibrant watercolor.  A love of detail is a highlight of much of Penny’s work.  As an avid gardener, wildflower enthusiast and observer of nature, Penny strives to bring those elements to life on watercolor paper.  Her botanical paintings are drawn from living plant material and include not only the beautiful color and shape of the plants, but also may include bug holes and tears that occur naturally. As influenced by her Master Flower Show Judge training, arranging and staging of the plant material is also an important factor in her botanical paintings.  An interest in sharing her techniques has led her to teach classes as part of the Continuing Education Program in Diamondhead, MS.

Penny has been a member of The Arts Hancock County in Mississippi and the St. Tammany Pastel Society in Louisiana and currently leads the Friday Painters Group in Diamondhead.  Her work has been on exhibit in public buildings in Bay St. Louis, MS and Slidell, LA.  Some of her paintings are currently on display in the East Hancock Library, Peoples Bank, and Hancock Medical Center in Diamondhead.  Donated works have gone to support The Mississippi Gulf Coast Pilgrimage, The Pink Heart Fund and other local charities and public fund raisers.


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