Aug 2, 2011

Art Journal - Sketch a Plant

I found this an interesting exercise @The Rainforest Garden, you sketch one plant every week ... you get back your sketching habits, and learn to appreciate the curves on your green friends!

I believe it is never possible to re-create the colors or perfection of nature. And this attempt only reinforced that belief. Color pencils usually create pictures which are farthest from an original, and here's an attempt with them.




This is one of my favorite plants from our balcony garden. Happily nods its head when watered, healthy, and most importantly, is not high-maintenance!

Do you know its name? Scientific name, local name, pet name ;-) anything? For now, its Heart-Shaped Burst-o-Green!

So why don't you brush up your drawing skills, join in this weekly rhythm! Try riding your finger through a leaf, feel its shape, try to re-create it, fail (or perhaps you might not), and scrapbook it for memories sake!

21 comments:

  1. If not the colours in their entirety, there's forms to fall back upon, and you've done a lovely job recreating them.

    Must be cathartic to sketch and paint nature.

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  2. Lovely Ambika...I might join you on this little sketching journey:)

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  3. You GET it! That is totally why I wanted to start this Sketch a Plant business, to help people appreciate their gardens in a whole new way! Did I mention that your drawing also happens to be awesome? I'm beyond thrilled.

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  4. I loved your sketching, Ambika!
    And I really like the exercise idea...maybe that'll give me a reason to get back into sketching.

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  5. What a lovely idea :-) I love plants (we have so many around our house) and I should take a few hours to paint them. Thank you for sharing such a fun activity! I hope you had a great Monday and I hope you have an even better week. Greetings from Austin!

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  6. I can't sketch for the life in me but I'm insanely jealous of those who can :p

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  7. Your sketch is lovely with the varied green hues. Co-incidentally I am painting a garden plant now... the wonderful forms, hues, textures of Nature... trying to re-create it, is like to trying to create a replica of the Sun.

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  8. Lovely sketch Ambika...loved the shape of the leaf...the variations in colour. Great job!

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  9. I guess this is Hosta.

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  10. Lovely nature colors and nice initiative! The exercise brightens up the entire week ahead as well :)

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  11. Thank you for the kudos everyone!! Hop over to The Rainforest Garden to participate in this weekly activity. Might just become an addiction :)

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  12. Loved the photo, loved the sketch :) what a gift you have...I can not even draw a straight line :|

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  13. Just love ur sketch, Ambika you always inspire me ....I love all ur artwork.

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  14. Lovely sketch and great idea.will hop in and check up the link:)

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  15. cute blog! great idea.

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  16. Thats a pretty Combo..

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  17. Nice sketching Ambike! I think that would be the last thing I would do to keep myself occupied :) But ya all who can, I am really jealous of them!

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  18. Very nice, Ambika! The nature is perfect!

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  19. Oh my !! such a lovely stunning sketch.. totally loved it.. :-)

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  20. Lovely idea.. thinking of getting the kids also try it..

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