Become immersed in Laura Bethmann’s beautifully detailed, larger than life watercolors of botanicals and flowers. Visit her website to see more.
You know when you’ve experienced Beauty. It’s a feeling first and then, a split second later you think, “That’s beautiful.” This intuitive, visceral experience is essential to our well-being and it’s how I choose my subjects.
I take photos and make sketches of flowering plants in my garden and in many public and private gardens. When choosing what to create into a painting I trust an inner feeling – like a little “rush” – that tells me “this is the one.”
I have to love the subject I’ve chosen, because I’ll be devoting 100-200 hours of my life painting it!
My watercolor paintings depict nature and the huge generosity of life. I focus on flowers because they are fundamental manifestations of growth and universal symbols of beauty. To emphasize this, I enlarge them up to ten times their size.
The moons that appear in this series portray constancy; earth’s moon stabilizes the earth on its axis and is responsible for creating the seasons.
My aim is to pose a shift in the viewer’s perspective showing that earth and sky are one, and how nearly unbelievable the beauty and mystery of nature can seem when we isolate a portion of it or take it out of ordinary context.
I paint primarily with Winsor & Newton watercolors on Arches paper. I also create nature prints (an ancient technique), have had two books published about nature printing, and I teach workshops.
In 2014, I was chosen by Monmouth Museum for their annual New Jersey Emerging Artist Series and had my first solo exhibit at the museum.
My next series concentrates on intimate views of a few carefully selected North American trees, and the growth and changes they go through during the course of one year.