Between Art and Science

These days my creative work is divided between Botanical Portraits and the Botanical Journal.Drawing portraits of plants is mostly about beauty and art. Using old masters techniques and translating them into what I think I can call already my own handwriting, I try to capture the essence, the graceful movement, the perfection I see in … Continue reading Between Art and Science

Of Games to be Played by Those who Draw

“When, Oh draftsmen, you desire to find relaxation in games you should always practice such things as may be of use in your profession, by giving your eye good practice in judging accurately of the breadth and length of objects. Thus, to accustom your mind to such things, let one of you draw a straight line...

Patreon page is on

"I used to lie down on the grass and draw the blades as they grew, until every square foot of meadow, or mossy bank, became a possession of me." - John Ruskin. I`m happy to announce that my Patreon page is on.Part teaching, part sharing. Art is the love of my life, a consuming obsession, … Continue reading Patreon page is on

Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 16. Spathiphyllum

Today I sketched the inflorescence of Spathiphyllum. Aroid species produce blooms consisting of one modified leaf called spathe (sometimes of bright colour, like in Anthurium) and a spike-like structure called spadix along the length of which are hundreds of tiny flowers. Spathiphyllum have "perfect flowers" which bear both male and female organs. The diamond-shaped structure … Continue reading Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 16. Spathiphyllum

Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 15. Euphorbia platyphyllos

This plant grows spontaneously in my garden and made me a little obsessed with Euphorbia genus. Thus I found out that one of the houseplants I thought was succulent is actually Euphorbia hypogaea and that there are thousands of Euphorbia species with fascinating shapes and colors. Here are few of my favorites: 1. E. atropurpurea … Continue reading Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 15. Euphorbia platyphyllos

Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 14. Cypripedium calceolus

Cypripedium calceolus is a species of lady's slipper orchid that grows in temperate climate. It is a protected species in Romania. Orchids have evolved by developing very interesting mechanisms for trapping and guiding insects. The shield visible at the base of the flower is a staminode (a modified sterile stamen) with the role of attracting … Continue reading Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 14. Cypripedium calceolus