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Original water color by Julia Jones - Bituminosa bituminaria-is also know more commonly as the Tar vetch, as in hot summer weather it smells strongly of bitumen. This pretty little flower can be found all over the island.
 Art Events for Julia Jones Botanic Art - 2015
Crete, Greece

Exhibition Dates - Details coming soon

Exhibitions to be held in the Municipal Art Gallery, Aghios Nikolaos, the Art House, Heraklion and The Mosque, Chania.  Dates to be announced shortly.

Here is a sample itinerary for a Botanic Art Workshop.  Workshops can be adapted for any level of ability or to suit the requirements of individuals or groups.  Other dates are available - please contact Julia for more information.

‘Flowers of Crete’ Botanic Art Workshop

6th – 13th October 2015

 Julia Jones, FLS

Corali Apartments, Elounda

 Cost per person of 7 day course: £900

 Including workshops, field trips, all materials and half board accommodation at Corali Apartments, but excluding flights

 Learn all you need to know to understand the techniques needed to produce your own beautiful botanic drawings of flowers and leaves in the superb setting of the Mirambello Bay and Elounda. The course is led by artist and writer, Julia Jones, a Fellow of the Linnaen Society of London.  Julia has a passion for the native flora of the island and her work can be found in private collections around the world. She is Founder and President of the not for profit organisation Flowers of Crete which seeks to promote conservation and environmental education on Crete.



Ophrys fusca – watercolour painting © Julia Jones


This course is suitable for beginners and improvers alike.



Mother and daughter from Norway on a beginners’ botanical art course

Day One: 

Arrivals and greetings

Day Two:



Session One: Trip onto the local headland to draw and photograph flowers and leaves.


Session Two: Understanding and choosing materials for fine drawing and watercolour painting.  This is a chance to try different papers, paints and painting mediums.


Session Threeleaf and flower shapes.  After a few fun exercises to begin to train the eye, students will be shown how to draw simple leaf and flower shapes



On a trip to a remote mountain plateau



Day Three:


Session Four: Field trip to Mount Oxa to find wild cyclamen, crocus and squill.  The hillsides around Elounda are covered with autumn flowering bulbs in October.  A chance to draw and photograph these beautiful flowers in situ.


Cyclamen graecum ssp graecum growing in abundance



Session Five: Preparing and stretching paper, choosing subject and preliminary drawings.  Before starting to paint it is necessary to soak and stretch paper.  Whilst it is drying there is a chance to begin first drawings of chosen flowers and/or leaves.


Crete's flora is a focus for botanists and artists from around the world.  In this slideshow students will get a feeling of the wealth of species to be seen throughout the year.


Endemic Autumn Crocus – C. oreocreticus


Day Four:


Session Six: Colour mixing and basic watercolour techniques.  Using their workbooks, students will learn to mix a range of colours suitable for botanic painting and experiment with washes, lines and stipples.


Session Seven: Refining and finishing master drawing.  work and with guidance from Julia, will refine and prepare their drawing for transfer.


Session Eight: Transferring master drawing to workbook and prepared paper.  In order to keep a complete record of their work, students are encouraged to keep a workbook which will contain copies of their master drawings, colour matching and notes


Day Five:


Session Nine: Starting workbook and colour matching and colour mixing for chosen subject.  Students will begin to choose and mix colours for their final work.


Session Ten: Continuing colour mixing and recording their results, students will decide on their final colours and record pigment ratios for obtaining consistent results.


Session Eleven: Laying down first glaze and understanding the use of light in watercolour work, students will begin to build up colour washes on their final project.


Day Six:


Session Twelve: Understanding modelling washes and laying down first modelling wash.  This session will show students how to obtain a three dimensional effect in their work.


Session Thirteen: Laying down subsequent washes, students will begin to see the effects of multiple washes on the realistic quality of their work.


Session FourteenJulia Jones.  Keefe andother artists, this short slideshow will give insight and inspiration to students.



Minoan fresco of Pancratium maritimum – The Sea Daffodil



Day Seven:


Session Fifteen: Techniques for shading and finishing.  These techniques will bring the work together and complete the work.


Session Sixteen (Final Session): Beginning shading and learning how to depict dewdrops and the shine on fruits and berries.



Seeds of wild peaony - Katharo Plateau





Watercolour study of Centaurea raphanina (c)Julia Jones






Detail of endemic Orchis Himantoglossum samariense

© Julia Jones

‘Julia is a botanical artist, who taught us watercolour painting one day at her beautiful Cretan village stone-house, the next day under an almond tree up in the mountains, another day we were on hilltop overlooking Spinalonga. We had lunches in small mountain villages and on hidden beaches. We looked for orchids and she learned us about the flowers and plants of Crete. It is the best vacation we ever had, and we are definitely going back next year.’

 Bente and Marijit, Norway

Places are strictly limited.  If you would like to secure your place, please contact julia@jjbotanicart.com.  A 20% deposit is required on booking with the balance payable eight weeks before the commencement of the course.

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