Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Acanthus mollis Flower Meaning



As I go down the flower list of my book there are some I can't seem to find. I couldn't find Acalia, which means temperance. I will keep my eye out for information on that one. The Acanthus mollis flower is representative of the fine arts and also means artifice - I had to look that up. Artifice - skill or ingenuity, trickery, artful trick. Artful trick - I liked that one. It is a very large plant with tall strong spike flowers that can be white, lilac or rose. The plant can grow to 8' tall. Tolerates dry climates and shade. As I was reading about it it reminded me of other desert plants I've come to know, mainly Mullein, which grows happily in our area of the desert. I peeked ahead in my flower book and there isn't mention of it so I don't know if it has a meaning. This is a fun tidbit from Wikipedia, "The leaves of this plant are generally considered by historians to have been the design inspiration for the Corinthian column capitals of Roman architecture."

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Acacia Flower Sketch and Flower Meaning


Last weekend I found an old book called "The Illuminated Language of Flowers" by Kate Greenaway which includes over 700 flowers and their meanings along with some of her wonderful illustrations. I was inspired to illustrate some of the flowers myself and research their meanings. From what I could find the acacia flower grows in clusters of lots of small yellow flowers that smell very sweet. It is a flowering tree that grows in warm climates, blooms around Thanksgiving and Christmas in Arizona. In Australia it is also referred to as a "Wattle" in reference to the pliable branches woven into wattle houses and fences. I found five different meanings for this flower. If there are any other facts about this flower I've not found, I would love to know!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Illustration Friday - Undone


Most of the time when I grow bell peppers they don't have time to mature completely to the sweet red they should be. This bell pepper was undone.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Winter Branch Sketches




There are four leaves left on the tree I've been focusing my sketching on the past few days. I decided to draw two, save the other two for tomorrow. It is a flowering plum ornamental tree and there are a few shriveled plums left also. I've been intrigued with them, maybe because everything else is covered with snow. We usually don't get a bunch of snow here in Fallon, but we got a great storm last week and the snow is still around. I love it. The miniature rose bush is drooping with the weight of the snow, but the leaves are still green and the dianthus plants nearby are too. This is the current status of my little corner garden.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Apron Dress Form and Flowers Original ACEO Watercolor


Inspired to paint this morning since it is a snow day. We have about six inches so far and it is still snowing - that is a lot for our area. Very exciting. We were pretty dry and parched for many weeks. For the ACEO I thought of an apron and a dress form. I've seen so many cute aprons lately and antique dress forms are great so I put them together with a little embellishment and bright colors. Lots of people collect them now, I have a little collection, how about you?

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Zinna Collage Card


Playing around in photoshop I blended several of my paintings and drawings and tinted the background purple. I'm thinking maybe it is too dark. It was challenging to draw the zinnia with all the petals tucked so close together. My zinnias were very small this year for some reason.