Friday, October 5, 2012

Hosta & Moleskine

I've wanted to start drawing in my Moleskine since I figured out what I wanted to do in it. When I bought it I had no flipping idea what the heck to do with a sketchbook, I mean, I don't just draw for practice, it's not in my nature to "waste" time practicing. When I put pencil to paper I'm serious about making art. I knew this strange compunction wasn't gonna change anytime soon so I had to figure out a way around it so I could use my Moleskine! When I saw a friend's botanically themed sketchbook I knew I'd found my loophole. Botanicals are supposed to be kind of half finished, a leaf, a stem, some flowers to illustrate the genus of a plant etc. So I could "practice" but still have a cogent themed and professional looking (read: puurrrty) Moleskine.

This week's APR (theme: Botanical) seems like the perfect time to finally christen my first Moleskine sketchbook with a botanical drawing. Since the Hostas that we brought with us when we moved started blooming/growing again I've been hankering to draw up a bushel of Hosta leaves. That's what my first botanical pages in my Moleskine are going to be. I really do love Hostas, they're about my very favorite plant. I love their myriad green colors. Their leaves range from bright limey green to deep blue-green, and don't forget the creamy edges for a bit of interest!

The above is what I'd wrote a week ago, preparing to happily draw up my hosta leaves. So much for plans. I ended up going in for a doctor's appointment on Friday (to fulfill some prescriptions that needed re-upping) and picking up a cold from someone. Grrr, I've been down for the count since mid-Saturday. I have asthma and terrible breathing difficulty when I have a cold so I've just been so tired and under the weather that I didn't get time to draw up my pretty hosta. *sigh*. What is it they say about the best laid plans??

So, instead of showing you a gorgeous line drawing highlighting the beauty and form of the hosta leaf, I'm going to once again, show my favorite Hosta painting. This painting proved to me that I could truly create something beautiful. I still even have that exact hosta plant, sitting on my balcony. I love that plant. :o)


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10 comments:

  1. You poor thing, Jenn...as an asthma sufferer myself, I know what you mean about having breathing difficulties if you have a cold. Another blog friend who also happens to be an asthma sufferer told me to drink lots of black, hot tea and I do find it gave temporary relief.

    Your hosta painting is lovely!!

    Feel better soon ~ xo

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  2. My son also gets astma when he catch a cold. But he uses two different sprays that helps him alot. First one that helps him breath and then a second one with Cortisone that heals. They work fine for him.
    This painting is very nice and is a perfect chose for this week! I hope you are feeling better again now.Take care!

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  3. Bless you for your best efforts, Jenn, and I hope you're feeling fit as a fiddle soon.

    I understand your thoughts about practise. I have felt the same way. And then I started to DO little things when I have little pockets of time. I've grown quite fond of it Now and have discovered PRACTISE a lot like what you wrote about botanical sketches and their evolutionary bent.

    For me, APR has given me many opportunties to practise different things I want to try. I suppose having somewhere to share it and people who will actually share back about it with me makes it DO that "purrty" thing for me.

    Anyhow, I love your painting and I really admire your way of painting. It reflects discipline and focus and it's always "purrty" too!!

    Feel better. Rest easy. enJOY!!

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  4. well i hope you are feeling better by now! being sick is no fun :( i love your painting - i've never heard of a hosta plant and i think it's a lovely plant. the leaves are really cooly shaped!

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  5. HI Jennifer..hugs..hoping you feel bright and sparkling real soon! Take care! Beautiful painting..so stunning..wonderful!!
    Happy TG!
    Lots of happiness and joy to you and yours!
    Victoria

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  6. Double WOW! I love hostas too and are blessed to have one in our garden as well. Blessings!

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  7. Get well soon!!! I know this also from my son who gets astma when catching a cold. This is no fun. So I'm sending my best wishes to you for getting better. And your hosta is beautiful!!! Perfectly proportioned and beautiful green leaves. I also love this plant and have one on my terrace since five years. She survives everything.
    This week I was unfortunately 8 min late after linky widget expiration on the artist's playroom, but I posted something referring to "botanical". You are invited on my blog if you want to and have a look on it. All the best from Stefanie

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  8. Is it safe to enter Jenn?

    How you doing? I hope you've managed to recover by now as I'm late visiting. Typical...and when I visit I don't even bring flowers! :$

    Sorry I missed the challenge...
    but I do love hostas and have always had them in my gardens when in the UK.
    Your painting is stunning and showing its full beauty.
    Take care xoxo

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  9. This is such a beautiful painting, Jenn with wonderful perspective. Those colds are going around everywhere! The cold part lasts about a week and then some extra days of coughing! I hope you feel better soon.

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  10. I am so bloody late it is a joke... I did read this the other day but knowing you aren't a fan of germs I didn't want the sneezes to get you across the net!!!! the leaves in this are just too lovely... they look like I could touch them...xx

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