Wednesday, March 31, 2010

"Sun Star" or "Orange Star" perennial - graphite drawing

This is a graphite drawing of a beautiful perennial plant that I picked up at the store the other day. It is called the "Sun Star" or "Orange Star" (Ornithogalum dubium). The flowers, though you can't tell here, are a bright orange color with some bits of dark green at the tip of the flower petals.

The tag says that it is native to South Africa and blooms from one to three months. It takes bright, indirect sunlight indoors and you have to keep the planting mix moist. Once the flower spikes are spent, you remove them from the base, rather than just the blossom.
I really like the structure of this plant and how the flowers emerge from the cone-like structure in the center. Hope you enjoy!

Friday, March 19, 2010

A little bit of spring

Happy almost-spring! I bought some beautiful tulips at the store and had to draw one. The bright red and yellow colors are just so cheerful. This is pen and ink and colored pencil. I'd like to do a more careful study sometime, but for now, this quick rendering will do just fine.
UPDATE (Dec. 2010): I have added this illustration to my Zazzle shop. Take a look at the beautiful sterling silver necklace, card, coaster, magnet, or tote bag featuring this illustration. Come by the shop to see more!
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