The quarantine here is over, so last week illustration was dedicated to Magnolia flowers. I`m lucky to live nearby an Arboretum with 17 species and varieties of Magnolia trees and more than 40 specimens. Walking through an area dominated by these magnificent trees, especially those with big leaves, like macrophylla and obovata, feels like a … Continue reading A selection of Magnolias
The botanical sketches from this week: Primula veris, Adonis vernalis fruit, Asarum europaeum and Acer negudo.
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
Galanthus nivalis - dip pen and ink on recycled paper
Witch hazel, ink botanical illustration
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
Winter Jasmine - ink and colored pencils
Camellia japonica - Dip pen and chinese ink on paper.