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State Winner for 'Building Communities' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2024; State Winner for 'Promoting Sustainability' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2022
State Winner for 'Building Communities' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2024; State Winner for 'Promoting Sustainability' in the Telstra Best of Business Awards 2022

14 & 15 September 2024, Sturt Desert Pea in Watercolour with David Reynolds

Original price $380.00 - Original price $380.00
Original price
$380.00 - $380.00
Current price $380.00

Learn to paint iconic native Australian plants in watercolour with David Reynolds!

  • Date: 14 & 15 September 2024
  • Times: Saturday/Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm
  • Venue: NatureArt Lab Studio, M16, Griffith ACT 

Our chosen subject will be a Sturt's Desert Pea, (Swainsona formosa). We will focus on a bold composition for this subject, paying close attention to the lush red colours and contrasts in the flower and the soft greens of the stem. The classic desert pea flower is a deep scarlet or red on the standard, keel and wings with a black or dark red boss. Our aim is to paint this using a variety of techniques to capture its intricate detail.

Students learn in a relaxed and encouraging atmosphere with plenty of open discussion about the watercolour techniques used to create this beautiful subject. Practical demonstrations of each technique will be shown allowing students to progress to a finished watercolour painting.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Develop skills in layering transparent, staining and opaque pigments
  2. Understand techniques in building high levels of detail
  3. Colour mixing using transparent washes
  4. Creating an iconic Australian native painting in watercolour

Materials:  Students will receive a materials list with details for the course. 

Experience / Prerequisites: Suitable for beginners and all interested artists aged 16 and above.

Tutor Details: 

David is an experienced botanical and natural history artist who enjoys painting in rich natural pigments, always looking to achieve a high level of accuracy within his work.

He describes his style as ‘Accurate Realism’ and is always looking to portray his botanical and wildlife subjects with the most accurate detail possible yet doing it in a ‘painterly’ way honouring the watercolour medium.

In May 2018, David had two Banksia paintings represented in the World Wide Botanical Art Exhibition held in Canberra – Banksia integrifolia and Banksia serrata. For further information about David's work please see his website at:

**Please note that enrolments close one week prior to the workshop.

NatureArt Lab Awards:

  • 2022, Telstra Best of Business Award Winner for Promoting Sustainability, ACT Winner and National Finalist
  • 2024, Telstra Best of Business Award Winner for Building Communities, ACT Winner and National Finalist

Discount Policy: Students may be eligible for Seniors Discount and/or Member Discounts on checkout.  If you are unsure about eligibility or how to claim this discount, please email

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