12 September 2013

Karoo Violets - Aptosimum indivisum 2013

Aptosimum indivisum, watercolour and crayon on Canson, 18 x 25 cm, 2013

Karoo Violets - in progress 2

Almost there - blossoms still needing depth and volume.  The pollinators of Aptosimum indivisum are 10 mm long pollen wasps which can crawl down the long "gullet" and extract nectar with their long retractable tongues. Aptosimum, from Greek, refers to the seedpods which stay on the plant, not falling to earth. Indivisum refers to the compact plant bunch, as opposed to other, outward spreading Aptosimii. Of medicinal value, the Karoo Violet was cultivated in England from seed as early as 1815.



13 July 2013

Vacheron Constantin: Métiers d'Art – Florilège 2013

Inspired by the 18th-century British botanical drawings from the famous 'Temple of Flora' book, published by Robert Thornton in 1799, the watches are as much works of art as they are timekeepers. Each of the three variants is decorated by well-known enamellist Anita Porchet.Limited edition of 20 per flower only ...

Bruce Munro's amazing garden artistry in Philadelphia




11 July 2013

Plant sculptures at Montreal Botanical Garden

Currently on show in Montreal: quirky plant sculptures  
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27 May 2013

01 February 2013

New watercolours 4


Whirligig, 2012, watercolour and crayon on 425 gm Bockingford paper, 27.5 x 18.5 cm, ZAR 1000

New watercolours 3


Iris, 2012, watercolour and crayon on 425 gm Bockingford paper, 27.5 x 18.5 cm, ZAR 1000

'Bloom' chairs by Kenneth Cobonpue

Already seen in lime green at Weylandts in 2011,
more views of more colours from 
http://www.kennethcobonpue.com/

14 January 2013