Daily Sketches – 10. Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Fanfare’

Today's tutorial subject is the colorful flower of Gaillardia. Part of the Asteraceae family, Gaillardia grandiflora has the same floral structure as Bellis perennis that I sketched a few days ago: a capitulum composed of hundreds of disc florets forming a circle in the middle, and ray florets surrounding this middle. By definition, ray florets … Continue reading Daily Sketches – 10. Gaillardia x grandiflora ‘Fanfare’

Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 9. Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Lamprocapnos spectabilis, formely known as Dicentra spectabilis (a scientific name still widely used) has this very easily recognizable heart shape, hence the popular name of bleeding-heart. Other common names include lyre flower, heart flower and lady-in-a-bath. The flower has 2 large outer petals (those in the shape of a heart) and two inner petals, narrow, … Continue reading Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 9. Lamprocapnos spectabilis

Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 5. Geranium phaeum

This is one of my favourite flowers and this is due in part to the beautiful botanical illustration of Arthur Harry Church representing a cross-section of the flower and showing the grace of its curved filaments. So often an exceptional botanical illustration made me pay more attention to a botanical subject, which I would otherwise … Continue reading Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 5. Geranium phaeum

Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 4. Ornithogalum umbellatum

Ornithogalum umbellatum or star-of-Bethlehem is a bulbous plant that can be found in Romanian meadows from mid to late spring and it is related with many familiar garden plants such as hyacinth, bluebells, grape hyacinths and squills. The petal-like perianth is radially symmetric and consists of six lanceolate tepals, 3 smaller than the other 3, … Continue reading Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 4. Ornithogalum umbellatum

Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 3. Calycanthus floridus

Shrub native to North America, Calycanthus floridus was brought to Europe for its decorative value, being appreciated for the brown-cherry flowers and for its fragrance with fruity notes of pineapple-strawberry-banana. As the flowers mature they start to smell like ripe apples or vinegar. Not only the flowers, but also the leaves and bark have a … Continue reading Daily Sketches – June 30 Flowers – 3. Calycanthus floridus

Sketching a Blue Anemone with Ink and Watercolor

Have you noticed how many anemone species are booming in the spring? I was surprised to see in our area no less than 5 species of anemone: 1. A. ranunculoides (yellow anemone, yellow wood anemone, or buttercup anemone)2. A. sylvestris syn. Anemonoides sylvestris (snowdrop anemone)3. A. blanda (the balkan anemone)4. A. nemorosa ( wood anemone) … Continue reading Sketching a Blue Anemone with Ink and Watercolor