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Garlic Drawing & Painting Workshop with Helen Burrows

After Penny Woodward’s recent talk on garlic, we were ready to attempt drawing and painting this subject.

Helen set out the process she uses to design and refine a project, then took us through it step by step, to produce drawings which we could use to compile a completed design. She emphasised the importance of using light and dark elements to achieve shape and depth of field, then took us through the use of triads of colour to create many and varied shades of grey, as it is not just a matter of grading black to white.

We spent the afternoon bringing together our drawings and grey shades to produce our garlic design.

We were all very grateful to Helen for the well planned and competently run workshop, and particularly for sharing her design process, which will be much used in the future.

A professional graphic designer, Helen has worked in both secondary and tertiary sectors, teaching art and lecturing in design and graphic communications. Her botanical water-colour work is represented in numerous important public collections around the world, including Kew Gardens. It is also held in galleries and private collections throughout Australia and overseas, and she has completed three volumes of camellias in limited editions. Her work has also been used in various publications. More information about Helen’s fantastic work can be found at

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