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

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Leaf of the Day: The Naming of Pods

No drawing today, just sorting. I have much to do this week and I have spent most of the day today trying to remember what I need to get finished before next Tuesday which is when the exhibition has to be up. There is more framing, some more notes to make, some pieces to finish and some more work to do...

But apart from the framed drawings and paintings, I thought that it could be interesting to have some samples of the pods and bits of twigs and seeds etc that I have used as my models and have found so very fascinating.
So most of the day was spent just sorting out the boxes of bits that I have collected over the year. I have 4 boxes full and many pressed leaves to choose from which will be placed in a display case. There is not much room in the case so I must be selective. Something I am not very good at....here are just a few of the many.



I will tag them all with their names and I hope visitors will find it interesting to see these odd bits and pieces which usually lie unnoticed on the ground and will link them with the drawings and the wonderful stories that lie behind the different species.



There are the old favourites, soapberries, lipstick pods, silky hakea etc and some I have not yet got around to drawing. Ant has been busy "helping", probably not taking too kindly to the disturbance of his extensive adventure playground.

I also started a "book" of pressed leaves which I may display too. It is so time consuming that I didn't get very far, but is such a lovely record to have, like the old herbaria which I wrote about here.



It's been wonderful to discover them all again. They are all such exquisite little works of art in their own right. I have spent far too long admiring them all again and still haven't made my final decision..

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I see Nandina dried seeds and Nandina pressed leaves in the last two posts. I am trying to remember the common name... Chinese Cane? Maybe not. Anyway, I have to chop it out like weeds in my cottage borders and trim edges but I adore it all year long and especially the red berries that last months after Christmas! I read your blog at least three X a week and rarely comment but wanted you to know that I do enjoy watching your discoveries. Hugs from a Florida native at www.eclecticala.com

sharp green pencil said...

Hi there Lauren.. Lovley to hear from you. We are also overrun with nandina here. I even grew one in the UK. I drew it way back last year, well just the leaf and yes the berries are wonderful...yet another thing to tackle soon I think.