The version of ocotillo that I visited in my local botanical gardens was not nearly as leaf-covered or flowering, but a little research and creativity can help make a great impromptu botanical sketchbook page even in January when most plants are gray and leafless.
Last week I took a stroll through the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens, found a tree that I wasn’t familiar with, and did some sketches. I went home, was able to successfully ID it as a Cherry Laurel, and added some color and information (and a sketch of the flower since those weren’t visible in January). This sort of creative and informal botanical plate is a sample of the process that I’ll be teaching in my upcoming workshop at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in March. We are fortunate to be within strolling distance of the Fort Worth Botanic Gardrens and the Botanical Research Institute’s libraries for our sketching and research. I hope to see some old and new faces there! Here’s the link to the class registration: https://www.brit.org/adult-education-classes-workshops/botanical-arts-and-crafts/nature-sketching
I like the visual format of the “top nine” posts that a lot of people do on Instagram around the New Year, so I went and illustrated my own version; not of my most-liked Instagram posts, but just of some really special things that happened in 2018.
That feeling when you finish a big creative project and then a mild feeling of purposelessness sets in, so you distract yourself with mind-numbing work like sketching and cataloging leaves from field guides. Also there are no observable leaves on trees right now (except for three species, can you guess which ones?), so I wonder if I’ll actually remember any of this in the spring?
It's here! Ecoregions of Texas is hot off the risograph press and ready to ship. Exploring the twelve different ecological systems in Texas and featuring thirteen different botanical illustrations. If you still need a copy, here's the link: http://www.owencurtsinger.com/new-produ…/ecoregions-of-texas
Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me through this project, whether you have chipped in on Patreon, picked up my work at Zine Fest Houston or Fort Worth Zine Fest, or just chatted plants with me over the past few months. I'm grateful for all of the many ways people have encouraged me to carve out time to do what I love and share it back with y'all.
I'm headed to Houston on Friday to pick up the final copies of 'Ecoregions of Texas' from a risograph printer that I've been working with, and debut the project at Zine Fest Houston on Saturday. So in celebration of Houston, here's one last preview of a spread from the zine, describing the Gulf Coast ecosystem and featuring a botanical illustration of a plant native to that area.
The zine features all twelve ecosystems of Texas and collects fourteen of my recent illustrations. You can pre-order copies on my website:http://www.owencurtsinger.com/…/ecoregions-of-texas-pre-ord…