Tarja Barton Illustrator

Boreal Chickadee in the studio

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Work is coming along pretty well. Today I have been working on the branch using watercolours. Actual size of the illustration is 17 inches wide by 11.25 inches high.

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Boreal Chickadee in progress

As I work on the feathers, I am already thinking ahead about how I will illustrate the branch.Boreal_Chickadee-May10-web

Boreal Chikadee Illustration

The Boreal Chikadee Poecile hudsonica is an extremely rare visitor to Niagara Region. I’ve chosen to illustrate this particular bird for its beautiful colouring. This illustration will be mixed media using graphite, watercolours and Faber-Castell polychromos colour pencils. The size of the illustration will be w: 17 inches by h: 11.25 inches. The hope is that I will be including it in the SONSI 2016 Exhibit held at the Grimsby Gallery. The show opens September 17 and runs until November 6.

Boreal Chikadee

Echinacea purpurea – Eastern Purple Coneflower

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This illustration was created using just a little watercolor to determine shadows and highlights and Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils for all detail work. All that needs to be done now is to create museum quality giclee prints and delivery to the exhibit location in Ancaster, Ontario.

Echinacea purpurea Botanical Illustration – The Beginning

Finally decided on the type of plant I wanted to illustrate for the exhibit at The Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre in Ancaster, Ontario. Pencil drawing of the Echinacea purpurea is done and transferred to watercolor paper. My studio is organized and ready for some serious painting! The exhibit will be open to visitors during weekends between September 5 and November 1, 2015. If you’re in the area, come and visit the exhibit to view beautiful illustrations created by members of the Southern Ontario Nature and Science Illustrators group. Exhibit is at The Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre, located in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area. http://www.giantsrib.ca/discovery-centres/

House Finch Illustration – June 29, 2015

House Finch Illustration. Watercolor and Faber-Castell Polychromos color pencils. ©2015 Tarja K. Kuronen.HouseFinch_Jun29_fb

Watercolour/Mixed Media Workshop – Antique Cutlery and Cranberries

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Final painting completed today! Mostly painted in watercolour with some detail and highlights in Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.

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This past December, I became a member of the Pelham Art Association. They offer a variety of workshops and collaboration for local artists and its a great way to be inspired by your fellow artists. For the last few weeks, we have been working on the above watercolour painting of a set of tarnished cutlery. We are painting on Fabriano+Artistico 300 lb watercolour sheet and experimenting with different watercolour techniques to illustrate the textures in metals, fabric, glass and wood.

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