Karen Hooper gets to know Schöner aus Herrnhut

December 2021

Schöner aus Herrnhut, a German heirloom apple, is said to be descended from a single seedling found in the Saxony town of Herrnhut in about 1880. So explains former ER doctor and now heirloom apple expert, David Maxwell, in whose orchard in Middle laHave, Nova Scotia, this apple can be found.

Karen Hooper met and selected Schöner aus Herrnhut to be her subject for our Composition Concepts workshop in Mahone Bay in November. Karen, who started doing botanical art a little over a year ago, followed the time-honoured classic botanical painting process to produce a superb coloured pencil piece.

Initially she was inspired by the history of Schöner aus Herrnhut and then became further inspired when handling and examining the apple closely from all angles. Next, she took her time setting up the apple in a suitable pose with appropriate lighting.

That done, Karen commenced with subject sketches followed by construction of a final composition. The result speaks well of the process that began with an actual specimen (rather than a digital image).

These images tell the story . . .

Examining the specimen
Posed for drawing
In the final stages

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