For my 3rd assignment for the Diploma in Botanical Illustration through Society of Botanical Artists in London I picked native leaves of the Pacific Northwest. You can find below False lily of the valley, Rattlesnake plantain (native orchid), Oregon grape, Douglas Iris, Big leaf Maple, Licorice fern, Corydalis and Vanilla Leaf. It was a great experience looking at the diversity of forms and colors in our native plants. Learning about leaves really helps with identifying plants before they bloom. I tried creating a composition that flows and has a movement. My favorite leaf is probably the emerald green heart shaped False lily of the valley. Last year, I dug up a lot of these plants from a site that was being logged and transplanted them in my yard, it was mid summer and I didn't think they would make it. This spring I am thrilled to see that they are emerging in abundance! Love seeing these little hearts scattered on the forest floor.
Educator, artist, forager