Constance Reeder Art Portfolio

Botanical Illustration in Graphite, Ink & Watercolor

I praise my God the Master Creator, for sharing the gift of creation with me...
I am His creation.

“Know that the Lord, He is God!
It is He who made us, and we are His;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.”
Psalm 100:3


WATERCOLOR WORK


Original Peony Watercolor Composition, Handmade Paper, 8.5x11” - A Commissioned Piece

Peony composition in Watercolor on Handmade paper

This was my first requested commission piece. I’m so thankful the lovely person who requested it loves it too!

There was a time that I thought I would never do commission work. However, this piece and many pieces after have changed my mind and I find commission work to be very special work.

I hope to have many more commissioned pieces in the future. Now I will be working on another Miniature Rose commission and an Oak Branch commission.


Miniature Fairy Rose in Watercolor on Handmade paper

This was a fun little project, as I began with a botanical study of this miniature rose. You can view the full study page as well as a short video of my painting process at the bottom of this page.

You will quickly be able to see as you take time to observe the study page, that my brush seemed to take over during my painting time and out came a totally different kind of rose, in a totally different color, but still miniature! That’s just the way it goes for me as I am moved by the Holy Spirit of God to work in the gift He has so graciously bestowed upon me.

And that is exactly how I came up with my business name, As The Paint Flows Paper Shop. It could also be called As The Spirit Moves Paper Shop.

However I am led, I pray that you will truly be able to connect with something of my art on this Website of mine that I love to share with you.

Lovely Fairy Miniature Rose Composition, Watercolor on Handmade Paper, 5x7, ConstanceReeder.Com


Lovely Commissioned Poppy, Signed Original Watercolor Illustration, Handmade Paper, 8.5”x10.5”, ConstanceReeder.Com

Poppy In Watercolor on Handmade Paper

This was a commissioned piece for a sweet friend’s sister.

The Poppy is another flower that I really enjoy painting and I love the colors that emerge as I create. When I finish I’m pleasantly surprised with the end result.

Lovely Poppy, Signed Original Watercolor Illustration on 8.5”x10.5” Handmade Paper.


Poppy In Watercolor on Handmade Paper

This was a piece that sold almost immediately when I posted it on Instagram! It was a moment in my artistic life that marked the thoughts I had of myself as an artist.

It also reminds me of a dear friend who has since gone on to be with Jesus. The morning I posted this and it sold, was the same morning my husband and I were heading to the other side of Washington State for a meeting at our dear friend’s home in Clarkston with her wonderful husband, Pastor John Shane. I’m so thankful that I was able to go! Now Poppies will forever remind me of the Lovely Evelyn Shane.

Sold to Eileen @sheshedphotography, who has become a very dear friend!

This Poppy can also be found in a Lovely Poppy Greeting Card.

Poppy Composition, Watercolor on Handmade Paper, 8.5x11, ConstanceReeder.Com


 
 

Rose Hip Practice, Watercolor in Journal, ConstanceReeder.Com

Rose Hip In Watercolor

I always say, PracticeMakesArt! and here is the proof...

Often when I am studying a subject in watercolor I end up being pleasantly surprised by a moment on the page when the subject suddenly comes to life!

This was one of those special moments when I was studying the Rosa canina and following along with an online tutorial by Shevaun Doherty.

When I carefully cut this small portion out from my study page and placed it in a black frame it seemed to dance with joy!


Pear Study In Watercolor

While enrolled in the Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh (RBGE) Certificate Course in 2017-2018 I had the pleasure of studying the Pyrus communis 'Williams' or Bartlett Pear in watercolor.

The colors and shape of this delicious pear made it an excellent subject to watercolor.  I look forward to working this out again and placing it in a beautiful black frame!

RBGE Pear Study, Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, ConstanceReeder.Com


RBGE Cyclamen Composition, Watercolor on Watercolor Paper, 12x16, ConstanceReeder.Com

Cyclamen Persicum In Watercolor

This is a watercolor botanical illustration made from the careful study of a Cyclamen persicum. It was my desire for this illustration to draw attention to the beautifully colored stems of this amazing plant, as well as the unique flowers, leaves, tuber and root system.  It also includes a graphite illustration of my dissections and cross-section.

These plants offer beautiful flowers during the cold, dark & very wet winters here in the Pacific Northwest. They can be kept indoors or outdoors. The leaves are some of my favorite, being large and heart-shaped with variegated dark green and silver colors.

The Cyclamen plant boasts many different colors of flowers, ranging from white to dark purple and many lovely shades of pinks and reds. 

This soft watercolor illustration was my final piece of work for the Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh (RBGE) Certificate Course of which I achieved distinctions upon completion.  It is meant to be a celebration of this lovely plant.

 

GRAPHITE WORK


 

Hydrangea In Graphite

I am forever working on this extremely detailed Hydrangea in graphite. It is a gift for my wonderful Mom who loves the blue Hydrangeas.

This is a stunning celebration of the Hydrangea macrophylla which grows to amazing heights here in the Pacific Northwest!

Hydrangea Composition, Graphite on Bristol, 12x16, ConstanceReeder.Com

 

 

Hosta Composition, Graphite on Bristol, 8.5x11, ConstanceReeder.Com

Hosta Leaf In Graphite

This is a beautiful botanical illustration made from an original Hosta lancifolia leaf on my homestead in the Seattle area.

These plants are easy-to-grow perennials here in the Pacific Northwest that need little care. The leaves are some of my favorite, being large and lanced-shaped with wavy margins.

The Hosta lancifolia plant boasts lovely violet flowers that grow tall above the dark green and creamy white splotchy leaves below.

 
 

Ivy Trio In Graphite

This is a beautiful botanical illustration made from three Hedera leaves on my homestead in the Seattle area.

These plants grow wild here in the Pacific Northwest. The beautifully variegated leaves are different sizes with twists and turns in a dark green with ivory edging and make a great subject for a lovely botanical illustration composition.

This Ivy Leaf Trio is a beautiful celebration of the lovely Hedera plant.

Ivy Composition, Graphite on Bristol, 10x10, ConstanceReeder.Com


Unfinished Grape Composition, Graphite on Bristol, 5x7, ConstanceReeder.Com

Unfinished Cluster Of Grapes In GrapHite

Sometimes when I am studying a subject in graphite I end up being pleasantly surprised by a moment on the page when the subject suddenly comes to life!

In the case of my study of a Vitis vinifera - I felt that this was a piece that could be left unfinished and still look stunning.

This cluster of grapes is beautifully simple.


Oryctolagus Cuniculus In Graphite

This Peter Rabbit was our very first family pet. He was the perfect backyard companion to my children and we were thrilled when our second bunny gave birth to Peter's offspring - One of which we named Peter Jr. due to the exact resemblance of his father.

I keep this original piece of work on my studio desk as a wonderful reminder to my love of graphite and of bunnies.  No prints available for "Peter" at this time.

Peter Our Rabbit Composition, Graphite on Bristol, 5x7, ConstanceReeder.Com


Hydrangea Leaf Study, Graphite on Bristol, 8.5x11, ConstanceReeder.Com

Hydrangea Study PAGE In Graphite

This beautiful Hydrangea Leaf study was the result of an online leaf course I took.  I was thrilled with the outcome of this leaf in graphite since it took me quite a while to achieve the depth you see here.

The Hydrangea plant (bush or tree) will always be one of my favorite botanical studies, as well as my most favored plant to grow in my garden. I have many varieties and colors since they thrive in the Pacific Northwest growing up to 6-20 feet tall! They flower in abundance all summer long and provide beautiful bouquets for indoors. Drying the flowers with long cut stems keep the dining room table looking gorgeous through the winter months.

This study page is meant to be a beautiful celebration of the Hydrangea macrophylla.


Hibiscus Syriacus In Graphite

This beautiful Hibiscus syriacus is a graphite work that I did for a botanical illustration course I took. It was my first botanical illustration in graphite and I loved the process of studying this beautiful plant and drawing it out for rendering.

This particular Hibiscus was white with a dark red center that spread in fine lines through the beautiful wavy petals.  It did not have the long pistils coming out of the center of the flower as you may see on most Hibiscus - Instead the petals gathered in the center thick and layered.

This plant also thrives in the Pacific Northwest and I plan to plant a few more in my garden this year.

A beautiful graphite celebration of the Hibiscus syriacus.

Hybiscus Composition, Graphite on Bristol, 12x16, ConstanceReeder.Com


Cucurbita maxima Composition, Graphite on Bristol, 12x16, ConstanceReeder.Com

Lumpy Pumpkin In Graphite

This life-size graphite illustration of the Cucurbita maxima was the result of a course I took through edx.com.  It is a free course that I highly recommend.

I am thrilled at how this illustration turned out. I wanted to pay special attention to the stem with the beautiful twists and long deep grooves. However, once the stem was completed my attention turned quickly to the many warts!

When it was all said and done, the warts became more like little jewels to me... Decorating this beautiful pumpkin in the most fantastic way.

I love how this composition celebrates the Lumpy Pumpkin!


Maple Leaf In Graphite

This is a Maple Leaf for my Royal Botanical Gardens, Edinburgh (RBGE) online course that I cut out a 5cm x 5cm portion of and then increased my drawing to 10cm x 10cm for a nice close up front and back.

This is one of my favorite graphite illustrations and I believe it celebrates the Acer Leaf wonderfully!

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BACK


INK WORK


Coneflower in black ink

I love making black and white floral illustrations on handmade paper with my favorite Micron pens.

Using my Micron 005, I created this Inky Coneflower on creamy white Handmade Cotton Rag Paper and I just love how it turned out. Coneflowers are definitely my favorite for ink illustrations.

This piece can also be found in a Lovely Inky Coneflower Greeting Card.


Inky Coneflower on Handmade Paper, 5x7, ConstanceReeder.Com


Inky Coneflowers on Handmade Paper, 8.5x11, ConstanceReeder.Com

Coneflowers in black ink

More of my black and white floral illustrations on handmade paper with my favorite Micron pens.

Using my Micron 005, I created these Inky Coneflowers on creamy white Handmade Cotton Rag Paper and I just love how it turned out. Coneflowers are definitely my favorite for ink illustrations.

These Coneflowers can also be found in Lovely Inky Coneflowers Greeting Cards.


Two Coneflowers in black ink Facing left

I love making black and white floral illustrations on handmade paper with my favorite Micron pens.

Using my Micron 005, I created these Two Inky Coneflowers facing left on creamy white Handmade Cotton Rag Paper and I just love how it turned out. Coneflowers are definitely my favorite for ink illustrations.

Two Inky Coneflowers Facing Left on Handmade Paper, 5x7, ConstanceReeder.Com


Two Inky Coneflowers Facing Right on Handmade Paper, 5x7, ConstanceReeder.Com

Two Coneflowers in black ink facing right

I love making black and white floral illustrations on handmade paper with my favorite Micron pens.

Using my Micron 005, I created these Two Inky Coneflower facing right on creamy white Handmade Cotton Rag Paper and I just love how it turned out. Coneflowers are definitely my favorite for ink illustrations.


Yellowish daisy in black ink

I love making black and white floral illustrations on handmade paper with my favorite Micron pens, and when I add a touch of yellowish watercolor, oh my goodness!

Using my Micron 005, I created this Inky Daisy on creamy white Handmade Cotton Rag Paper and I just love how it turned out. Coneflowers are definitely my favorite for ink illustrations.

Yellowish Daisy In Black Ink on Handmade Paper, 5x7, ConstanceReeder.Com


OTHER MEDIUMS


M Sweet Lord Jesus, White Gesso & Black Charcoal on Canvas, 10x10, ConstanceReeder.Com

MY SWEET LORD JESUS

My Sweet Lord Jesus with Whom I am eternally grateful for bringing me out of darkness into His Glorious Light! He is my Lord and my God!

None of my art has ever brought me to tears from the depth of my heart and soul as when I created this piece.


OTHER THINGS IN MY COTTAGE STUDIO

A Commissioned Peony Watercolor Composition.

A Study of the Lovely Miniature Fairy Rose.

I’m always practicing and studying…

 

VIDEOS OF ME AT WORK IN MY STUDIO


 
 
 
 
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