Now that I am back and unpacked, it is time to get back to my art. Currently I am working on assignment 9 out of 12 for my SBA diploma course. This assignment is to be a classical botanical illustration including magnifications and dissections. I have a month exactly until it is due, which seems like a long time though it is not really when you have to study a plant in this much detail.
The nurseries here are not very well stocked and are not even open for the season yet, so I bought some plants while in Victoria wrapped them up as carefully as I could and then drove them back home. For a 1200 kilometre drive in the back of a pick up truck they faired alright. I am known to change my mind numerous times until I settle on a subject, but I am quite certain at this point that the Primula auricula "Chehlais Blue" is the plant I am going to illustrate.
This is a sketchbook page with my first drawing of my Primula auricula I also drew a Rhododendron and another variety of P. auricula. Primula auricula is a close cousin to the common Primrose that often adorns planters and gardens this time of year. I have made some notes on the anatomy of the plant as it will help me to stay scientifically accurate.