Saturday, January 20, 2018


I haven't done much botanical art over the years, but that doesn't mean I don't like it. This older piece is one of my plant and flower attempts. I did it because I love the blue flowers and the plant is a common weed and easy to find. Its scientific name is Commelina communis, the Asiatic dayflower. The tiny, iris-like flowers are a wonderful pure shade of cobalt blue with no tinge of purple but a touch of white. They only last one day, hence "Dayflower." Gardeners pull them up and throw them out! They think it is invasive. I wish I could grow them indoors but I've never succeeded. Hence I had to depict it in art.

Brown tech pen ink and watercolor on sketchbook page, 4" x 4 1/2", late summer 1978.

1 comment:

Texchanchan said...

I LOVE that! Botanical art is one of my favorite kinds, and I can do it some too. But not like that! The flowers themselves look like little mice to me. They are kin to spiderwort, also invasive. I've seen them growing wild, don't know where.