Monday, March 16, 2020

Honoring Bloodroot IV

It's a good thing this pot of Bloodroot was in my office and I could check it frequently or I may have missed out on the plant's quick growth!

In just eight days seedlings went from barely popping out of the soil to blooming!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Honoring Bloodroot III


This year my friend gave me a pot of bloodroot seedlings to monitor.  I so love documenting the growth of spring plants.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Honoring Bloodroot II

Back in 2013, I drew my first Bloodroot found in the lowcountry of South Carolina.  They seem much smaller than the Western New York variety. 

Bloom time is a lot earlier, too.  This plant was in a sheltered area and we were experiencing warmer then normal temperatures.  They normally bloom in mid to late January.

I used a brown Sakura Pigma Micron Pen in a Stillman & Birn Epsilon Journal.  I love using ink on this paper!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Honoring the Beautiful Bloodroot - 1

 I saw my first Bloodroot in 2005 when we were living in Western New York.  I was smitten with this plant on the spot.

I loved the way one very large leaf enveloped a single stem with a delicate white flower.

There was a patch of plants, all in various stages of growth.  So delicate.  Such a wonderful delight for the eye.

There were so many beautiful wildflowers that spring, I decided to start a journal to celebrate each one.  The journal I chose had been a gift and for years it remained blank, as the paper made me nervous.  It is thin and filled with  long fibers.  I had no idea how it would work with watercolor.

Thankfully, I left the first journal page blank.  Then after two pages of trial, error and removal, the third page was the charm.  I first drew with a black Sakura Pigma Micron waterproof pen, then added watercolor.  The paper is so thin that I had to put a blank sheet behind the page I was working on to protect the following pages. 
It's been years since I had looked at this journal.  I love how the watercolors traveled through to the back side of each page, creating wonderful abstract designs.

There are more blank pages within the journal.  I hope to fill with them with lowcountry wild flowers.