Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I've been hearing about Ann's garden for two years. It is incredible. Loaded with native plants and in one small area she has a butterfly garden that does have a few non-natives.
As we approached, the Joe Pye Weed and Thoroughwort plants caught my eye. I could go no further.
We visited during lunch and didn't have a lot of time, so I concentrated on capturing the shapes and colors that initially caught my eye. This can sometimes tear at me as I do love the details of plants... But, lunch is lunch and I hadn't eaten yet!
The majority of this page was painted within 20 minutes. I penciled in the names of the plants, but not in the position you see them now.... just scratched them in as reference. Upon returning to the office, I wrote the plant names on a separate sheet of paper, erased my pencil notes, then began the lettering. But, there was an awkward empty spot near the bottom of the page.... hmmm. A perfect spot for Otto! I had taken a few photos of butterflies during our time there. Otto made it into one of them. I'm glad I had a reference image of him!
I must go back to Ann's garden. The majority of wildflowers are getting ready to bloom... Autumn in the lowcounty is a wildflower delight!