My coworker has this southern native tree/shrub growing on his property and brought a cutting to work for me. It sat on my desk several days before I had the opportunity to make a sketch. So long so that it was now or never, as the blossoms were starting to fade. I decided to use a Pentel brush pen for the line work. I love the calligraphic marks this tool makes. I added watercolor to the finished line work.
I love this addition to my Stillman & Birn journal that I've dubbed 'my book of trees'.
Did you know:
• Stewardia or Silky Camelia is a small understory tree/shrub mostly found growing along the coastal plain from Virginia down to Florida and over to Louisiana and even into east Texas.
• It's an uncommon tree but has a large range
• Favorite growing conditions include rich wooded bluffs, ravine slopes and creek banks
For more information about the Stewardia, please click here.