Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 6. Aquilegia

The blossoms of columbines may look complex but they conform to the model of 5-star flower forms.

5 lanceolate, petal-like sepals are interspersed with 5 petals standing upward, spurred or saccate at the base. In the spur, there is nectar on which bees, hawk moths and hummingbirds feed.

Stamens are numerous (often more than 50) in whorls of 5, the middle ones, often darker in color, being staminodes (sterile stamens) that protect the 5 pistils.

In today’s tutorial I draw an Aquilegia flower seen from above, and I add few ink hatches to render the form.

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