Our trip to Peru in October 2018 exposed us to new artwork and designs. The patterns in my drawing used different hardness of graphite pencils, with charcoal pencil used for the darkest places. The specific inspiration came from a very old ceramic pot (below) in the collection of the artist Pablo Seminario in the town of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Inca. We visited his studio to see how his beautiful ceramics are made.
I found a patch of horsenettles during a late summer walk where I photographed this flower. It was about 1″ across. The Carolina Horsenettle Solanum carolinense is not really a nettle but a member of the nightshade family as is tomato. It does have thorns on the stem and under leaves. It is toxic. Quoting Wikipedia:
All parts of the plant, including its tomato-like fruit, are poisonous to varying degrees due to the presence of solanine glycoalkaloids which is a toxic alkaloid and one of the plant’s natural defenses. While ingesting any part of the plant can cause fever, headache, scratchy throat, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, ingesting the fruit can cause abdominal pain, circulatory and respiratory depression, or even death.
It seemed a good candidate to draw. The lighting emphasized texture and shading challenges.
A dear person we know and love is a member of the Society of Friends, also known as Quakers. Lisa is a source of fun, laughter, comfort, and joy. She introduced us to many interesting people. Her generosity is unbounded. Her stories are wonderful. She lives the qualities of peace, community, equality, love, integrity, simplicity, and stewardship. We are blessed with her in our lives. This was for her.