Sound of Wings Studio offers courses in painting with gouache, the medium I've most used for my Natural Science Illustration work. Please click on "Learn Gouache" on the right for details.
Just Released: "Botanical Illustration in Gouache -- the Four Seasons." Click on my Online Store on the right for more details about all courses offered by Sound of Wings Studio, along with the different versions.
Also, I'm now being represented by Looking Good Licensing. If you're interested in using any of my images on your products, please click their link to contact them.
Sound of Wings Studio, specializing in natural science illustration, is located in Southwest Lower Michigan on fifteen acres of gently rolling meadows filled with wildlife, wildflowers, lightly wooded areas and cultivated gardens of flowers and vegetables.
I come from a family of gardeners and it's been only natural for me to be inspired by the beautiful gardens my mother and grandmother created. Many of my botanical paintings use specimens from their collections. I've been a natural science illustrator for more than twenty years and I'm a long time member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. My work has been included in books, magazines, murals, ceramic housewares and greeting cards.
The main medium for my paintings is gouache, an opaque watercolor, because of the great amount of detail I can attain. I also work in pen and ink, transparent watercolor, graphite, pastel, colored pencil, acrylics and oil. Besides botanicals, my subjects are also wildlife, domestic animals and landscapes.
I hope you enjoy browsing through my gallery of paintings and designs. Most of them are offered for purchase -- art prints in several sizes, greeting cards and some originals. If you're interested in purchasing an original please contact me. I also accept commissions. My specialties are natural science illustration, wildlife, birds, botanicals, horses, dogs, cats, any pet or even domestic livestock. My rates are reasonable.
Now In Release! "Botanical Illustration in Gouache" This is a course in learning gouache and botanical illustration for the beginning and intermediate painter. In Part 1 learn how to blend colors to paint Four Colorful Flowers in step by step demonstrations. Then, in Part 2 learn to paint the various parts of Trillium grandiflora. Part 3 gives tips on starting out on your own to paint the beautiful flowers around you. The 38 pages are available in both a DVD and Downloadable options. Click on "Learn Gouache" on the right side of this page. Enjoy!
Also available are five more instructional DVD's -- Painting Birds in Gouache , Painting Animals in Gouache, Painting Toads and Turtles in Gouache, Painting Wolves and Foxes in Gouache and now Painting Butterflies and Moths in Gouache. They all give detailed step by step instructions in the techniques necessary to depict the creatures around us in a very detailed and realistic style.
If you're interested in purchasing an Archival Art Print of one of my images, please click on it and you will be taken to my Etsy shop for purchase details. To visit my Etsy shop the URL is http://www.etsy.com/shop/SoundofWingsStudio. In the near future I'll also be offering blank note cards in packs of five.
From September to December every year I also offer a selection of Christmas Cards at http://christmasatcalliopes.etsy.com. Please stop by and check out some original Christmas card designs.
See my art on the Science-Art website, a site devoted to natural science illustration.
I'm a contributor to the award winning "Sketching in Nature" blog.
To see my recent journal entries see my flickr site.
To see my everyday greeting cards please go to my Etsy store, Cards by Calliope.
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