Saturday, 13 October 2012

Botanical Sketching

Having just finished publishing a sketchbook on Fiji, I thought I would share some of my botanical sketches with you. Again, these are quick sketches which capture the essence of the plants and other subjects.
Torch lily, hibiscus, leaves and coral
Butu seeds, an iridescent insect, crucifix orchid, a shell and coral

These studies are not all done at the one time. When I have some spare time I just sketch another one or two and add it to the page. There are so many exotic and colourful flowers around Daku Resort, or shells and coral found on the beach opposite the family owned resort, where I have spent a week and more every year since 2007 teaching both botanical art and holiday sketching. I am so fortunate to be able to travel and experience so many wonderful places and to share my knowledge with others.
Some hibiscus flowers and croton leaves, which all grown in abundance

I never tire of the beauty of the area around Savusavu on Vanua Levu, the second largest island of the Fiji group. It is definately a hidden paradise, with no commercialism, where the Fijians live as they always have and life plods along at a very relaxed pace. Visiting the small town of Savusavu is like stepping back in time.

More hibiscus flowers
Incredibly colourful heliconias and rare species of orchid are sourced from the resort and I bring in special plants from others gardens nearby and sometimes from the local villages. My painting groups produce some magnificent paintings.

Why not think about coming along on my next trip in June 2013. Perfect weather, perfect location. See and and view some photos from previous trips and learn a little more about Savusavu.

1 comment:

  1. These are lovely, Leonie. I lived in Fiji for eight years and it's wonderful to see these plants and flowers again.