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.



13 comments:

  1. I love your sketches and writing!

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

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

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

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  4. So beautiful!

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

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

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