I think it`s time to say goodbye to the winter. A last look at this two beautiful winter shrubs: Chimonanthus praecox and Hammamelis virgiana. I wanted to know more about the apparent complicated structure of Chimonanthus and I was so happy to find a witch-hazel with seedpods among the flowers. Chimonanthus praecox - flower morphology … Continue reading Chimonanthus and hammamelis – flower and fruit sketch
Three snowdrops - sepia ink and charcoal on recycled paper
Galanthus nivalis - dip pen and ink on recycled paper
More pine cones... sanguine pencil on sketchbook.
Witch hazel, ink botanical illustration
In the field, sketching mushrooms...
I took some time to study the Hammamelis flowers. They are very small and I was surprised to notice that even with a magnifying glass it's very hard to distinguish at the base of the petals the staminodes, short and reduced to flatened scales. But if you know they are there, you look for them, … Continue reading Hammamelis flower morphology
I`ve finally started a perpetual journal. Because I love sketching, last year I had this idea of making a sketch of a seasonal plant every day, so that by the end of the week to have a two page spread with 7 drawings of different plants. With my insanely busy schedule it was too ambitious … Continue reading Starting a perpetual journal
Chimonanthus praecox (wintersweet) - dip pen and brown ink