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’

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

Botanical study – Leycesteria formosa

Beyond the apparent complexity of a plant you can find the simplest and the most beautiful geometric structures. Leycesteria formosa, the Himalayan honeysuckle, has an attractive, vertical port, intense green leaves and pendulous clusters with purple-red bracts under which are found both delicate white flowers and dark purple fruits. The botanical study is made after … Continue reading Botanical study – Leycesteria formosa

Chimonanthus and hammamelis – flower and fruit sketch

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