Little Orchids

These little light purple orchids are quite common in South East Asia. Their natural tropical habitat reminds me of warm weather that’s comforting when it’s cold outside in winter.

 

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Autumn Maple Colours

I can see this maple tree from my window everyday.  I was fascinated by the spectrum of colours it displayed over the last two months. It seems to change colour every couple of days.  This reminds me of how quickly time passes, and time waits for no one, not even trees!  And of course, by the time I finished this drawing all the leaves have fallen.

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Pictured below are close ups of some of the leaves I used in the drawing above:

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Sweet Smelling Sweet Pea

Summer has come and gone and I can’t help feeling a bit sad :(.  One of the things I miss about summer is the hint of the sweet smell coming from a couple of sweet peas that I cut and put in a glass in my living room.

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Sweet peas are one of those flowers which has many faces. They look slightly different when you turn them around.  It took me a while to take some good photos that capture the right angle for me to draw.  This drawing is a composite of a couple of photos I took from the sweat peas I planted in my back garden.

Ruby Rose

Summer is not complete without roses. Among all of the colours available, I find ruby is the deepest and moodiest. Here is a drawing of a ruby rose on its stem.

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For the flower, I used the gradient tool and layers of different tones to get the velvety effect.

Bonsai!

This is a drawing of a Japanese acer bonsai tree that I took a photo of at a flower show. Like the other drawings I made, I use a lot of gradient and blurring effects.

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Since the leaves in the photo were quite small, I had to refer to a couple more photos of the leaves of the same species.  Here is a sample of the drawings I made for the leaves, which I then scaled down and added on to the tree.

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I also used the Geometry Add and Subtract tools to draw the pot. They make drawing circular and curvy items very easy.

 

 

Roses are red, violets are…

…blue, according to a poem I heard when I was young. Here it goes:

Roses are red
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
But not as sweet as you

Awww… so sweet 🙂

However, the violets or violas I planted in my back garden are not blue. They are yellowish and purplish.

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Well, they come in so many colours.  Just like roses, not all of them are red.  Another name commonly used to refer to the same flowers is pansy. Although there are differences between violets and pansies, they are in the same group of species. And undeniably, they have amazingly striking colours.