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CROW'S ASH (Flindersia sp.)
This Australian native with its fascinating
seedpod attached to a decaying leafy sprig of
“crunchy” dried leaves presented wonderful
contrast in forms and textures as well as the full
array of earthy colours.  Presented to me by a
2003 master class student it was hastily drawn
on a piece of office paper with a ball point pen
(a tool I enjoy using for fine drawing) and
photographed the day before I returned to the
States.  I should add that the shapes and curls
of the leaves in this painting were sheer
improvisation (fun stuff) as only three dried
leaves were attached when it was presented to
me.  (A similar species of a living specimen has
been beautifully illustrated by Ferdinand Bauer
who first prepared sketches and colour notes of
this plant while accompanying Mathew Flinders
on his circumnavigation of Australia in 1801.)

Image area: 21.3x21.3 cm (8.5"x8.5")
Watercolor and color pencil on Fabriano Uno
watercolor paper.

This painting is
in the artist's collection
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