Botanical Sketchbook

Monday, February 25, 2013

Do any of you keep a sketchbook?  I find that one of the best ways to stay creative is to make sketches of what inspires me.  I have a botanical sketchbook that I started filling with colored pencil drawings of different flowers.  It helps me to analyze the way various flowers grow and their colors and patterns.  Then later when I construct more complex works of art I can refer to the sketches for guidance. 

For example, this cymbidium orchid was a gift from my sweet and beloved husband.  It is living in a pot in our kitchen window and proved to be the perfect subject for a sketch.  As I drew it I noticed that the newly opened buds were a lime green whereas those that had been there a while were a rich golden yellow.  As they aged, more orange and brown tones emerged.  Color notations like this are so easily saved in a sketchbook...

Pink Hyacinth

Thursday, February 21, 2013

As the days become longer and the icy ground is warmed by afternoon sun I find hyacinths blooming in our garden.  They come as a surprise this year.  Perhaps a few autumns ago I placed the bulbs beneath the soil and now they are glad to greet the sun at last.  This fragrant pink one appears to be the first of many multicolored blooms.  Enjoy...

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