Sunday, 27 July 2014

Echium vulgare

Nature is surprising me all the time. Today I wanted to sketch something, but I don't have any living plant now (I have a pine cone, but maybe later...). So I was browsing my photos and I hit on the Echium vulgare

The name of this plant is very interesting. Unfortunatelly I have no idea how it's called in english. Echium vulgare is in latin, and in polish it's called ┼╝mijowiec zwyczajny. The first word - ┼╝mijowiec - comes from the name of the snake, in english it's an adder. And zwyczajny means ordinary, common. 

When I was drawing it with an ink I was wondering how it is called like that. And suddenly I realised, that there is one stamen that comes from the flower and looks like a tongue of the adder! I also read, that in the past this plant was used against adder's bites. Interesting!

Now I know a little bit more about the Echium vulgare. I wanted to paint it and keep it simple. I decided, again, to use an ink to draw an outline. I made the outer lines a little bit thicker. It reminds me paintings of one of my favourite artist - Alfons Mucha (I love art nouveau).

Here you can see the stamen that comes from the flower and looks like an adder's tongue.

I have to admit that I love this kind of sketching! Ink, a nib pen and watercolors! I love it! I feel very comfortable when I sketch this way, I really like it.


  1. I love your sketches and writing!

  2. Your sketches are beautiful, little jewels!
    Thanks for sharing the nice information!

    1. Thank you Maria and you're welcome! :)

  3. Beautiful, and I love your writing. I had to learn to write in italic style at art college. I prefer your script

  4. So beautiful!

  5. So very lovely. Beautiful to gaze at and dream.

  6. Echium vulgare has been introduced in the U.S. and we call it "viper's bugloss". What a glorious blue!