Kathi (Luedemann) Kuchler
I have been painting since the age of 14 when I first received an oil painting set from my aunt. I painted in oils for years when I then turned to watercolor after taking a 2 hour class at a local Library about 15 years ago. I have been painting in watercolors ever since and love the fact that I can take my small round paint palette wherever I go especially on planes. I started drawing with colored pencils through my classes at the Arboretum, and I found that I truly love layering light applications of color on top of each other (mixing colors) to let a slight amount of white paper show through. It gives the drawing a great sense of luminosity and dimension to the object. Just recently however I started working in oils again but find that the drying time is taking so long, so I purchased my first set of water soluble oils.
I received my Botanical Watercolorist and Illustrator Certificate in 2015 through the Morton Arboretum. I find that the biggest challenge in drawing/painting botanicals is to capture the subject before it changes or becomes withered, but sometimes this makes a whole different subject matter for a new drawing or painting.