Here is another way of working with live specimens! For years, I would place my cutting in a vase, lay it down on my drafting board, or even take a photo.
Three years ago Carol and Margaret gave me a wonderful gift that they use when painting still life paintings. It is made of plywood, with a base and two sides. It allows you to photograph your subject and control the lighting. That evening, I brought it up to the studio. I looked around the room and thought, “Lets take my foam core boards and place them into the box.” Eureka!
Next, I began to go around the studio photographing my dried specimens and then the persimmon fruit branches that I collected that day, laying them on the base or taping them to the board.
I found that the lines for drawing and the colors for painting were so much easier to see with this whiter than white background.
Linda C. Miller Artist Naturalist Instructor
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