Before we get to that. Apologies (again) for dropping out of sight. My usual plan of compiling my Friday post during Friday lunch break at work was scuppered by our IT guys deciding my procrastination about letting them upgrade my office PC to Windows 10 had gone on for quite long enough. The job took most of the day.
So the quick mental health update:
So far, so good. I feel good, productive too. The dizziness has subsided considerably though there was an episode on Tuesday when I went upstairs in a bookshop then was so dizzy I did not dare walk down the stairs again for ten minutes. The real sod about this was that the book I wanted turned out to be downstairs anyway. Of course.
I have also had the great pleasure of welcoming some new WP visitors and followers this week, thanks to the lovely Sarah who reblogged my WFNC anniversary post with such a touching introduction.
Time is becoming a real issue with the advent of peak gardening season. The passion flower picture I have been working on for months is now reaching the end and I am planning my next piece. Though this has taken a while there is some justification in that I have also been creating for projects with Dominique and Lisa, and been organising the business side of my own art output. This coming Saturday I will deliver my three exhibition pieces to London ready for the exhibition in early June.
Prints of some of my work are expected to be delivered to me tomorrow and I hope to have them for sale in a few days.
With regards to future botanical art. My approach, with coloured pencil, is too slow to make it financially viable as much as I love this medium. I hope to try other media but again – I run up against time issues. Learning a new medium from scratch is not going to be fast. However – I could do some graphite pieces which are much faster. I fancy learning gouache because of the fantastic work of Simon Williams. It helps that I am acquainted with Simon and might be able to get some advice or even attend one of his courses.
Also, I am determined to pick my guitar up again sometime soon!
On that note (no pun intended): I can’t let the 25th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death go unmentioned. Whilst I will always respect his decision to end his life (whether other people like that or not) I abhor wasted creative potential. His performance of ‘In the Pines‘ at the band’s 1993 MTV Unplugged performance haunts me to this day. He opens his eyes at around 3:55 and the expression on his face speaks volumes.
Some geeky plant stuff to finish with. Lots of red! All of these are in flower in the same bulb frame today.
Ranunculus asiaticus has featured on here before but this first pair of photos illustrates how hard it can be to tell apart from forms of Anemone coronaria with which it often grows in the wild:
It does not help that both have other colour forms – and often very similar colour forms too, though the Anemone does not have a yellow form as far as I know.
The Anemone does vary even within single colour populations. From the same packet of seed as the above is a common variant with a pale centre:
And finally, a first time flowering for me of the very rare (in cultivation) Anemone bucharica. Closely related to A. coronaria but with fewer petals and a more cup-shaped flower that resembles the Anemone biflora group – with which this species seems to be the link.
Speaking of the bulb frame. Next post I will illustrate my setup – the frames and greenhouse where I cultivate these things.
Oh – and the title. When having a chuckout in my ofice at work I found my first ID card from when I was 25…