"There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion" Francis Bacon 1561-1626

Friday, 5 September 2008

Leaf of the Day: Fountain Clerodendron Pod

Coincidences are strange things. Yesterday our latest Netflix film arrived. Our selections are eclectic and the order things arrive in is completely random. So it was, that last night we sat down and watched a lyrical little film called Dreamland which is set in a remote trailer park in New Mexico, just where we will be tomorrow. .. well, we will be in Albuquerque and in a hotel not a trailer park this time but a lovely silver Airstream would have been just fine. The photography is beautiful and the desert and skies were stunning. I am so looking forward to seeing some big and open landscapes. I was not going to take the paints this time but I am reconsidering now,
especially as I have just had another look at Hockney's Grand Canyon painting which was displayed many years ago in the RA in one room. You stood on a central raised platform to view the 60 canvasses which were arranged round the walls in wide screen cinemascope and glorious technicolour ....quite beautiful..



So a last quick sketch before packing. This is the pod of the beautiful Fountain clerodendron whose flowers I painted a while ago. I had read there were to be nice pods, but looking at the flowers these are quite a surprise. The seed inside is like a beautiful little grey green pearl set against the vibrant red sepals which have thickened out from the base and eventually turn back to expose the seed. It's a lovely thing and deserves more time.

This is the flower I painted before here; you can see at the base where the seed pod will devel0p.


But now to packing.. what camera, what sketchbook, what paints..the usual dilemmas. I may be able to post as we go but possibly not for 10 days.. Hasta pronto amigos.

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Fountain Clerodendron Pod




1 comment:

Sree said...

Hi Val,

I've been a silent visitor and HUGE fan of yours since the time I came across your blog:) I love your style, and share your passion for botanicals. I've always dreamt of doing a course like you are doing:)
I paint a bit myself and flowers and plants are my favourites too.
I am unable to get your email address from the blog and I dont have an outlook mail account. So I dont know how to mail you.
Here is a useful resource for you if you wish to find info on rare plants-
http://www.flowersofindia.net/

I am excited about asking you so many things about your work. If you have time and I can mail you:)

Sree