Saturday, 22 May 2010


Tonight's drawing is the flowering plant, Oxalis. 

Oxalis is by far the largest genus in the wood-sorrel family Oxalidaceae.  The genus occurs throughout most of the world except in the polar areas.

Many of the species are known as wood-sorrels as they have an acidic taste reminiscent of the unrelated Sorrel proper.  Some species are called yellow-sorrels or pink-sorrels after the colour of their flowers.  Others are known as false shamrocks because of the shamrock shape of the leaves.

I guess my drawing could be called "Pink-Sorrels" since the colour of the flower petals is pink -- except when you take a look at what I have come up with in the next picture! 

This is the result of a function I discovered in my fancy software that enables me to create an entirely new colour design.

I really like the way this one turned out.  I have tried it before with other drawings, but it just did not look that good -- but this one is different.  The drawing works just as well, if not better, in these colours than in the "natural" colours.  I would really appreciate some feedback on this.

This next item is the scanned image of a fridge magnet that I created.  

This online company that is always trying to get my business, recently sent me an offer I could not refuse.  The offer said that if I created my own design, they would print 25 fridge magnets for me for free!  This is the result.

If you would like one, please let me know.

I have always had a soft spot in my heart for wolves as I have mentioned before.  Part of it comes, I think, from an early realization that they were outcasts who were always spoken of in a negative way.  The "underdog" so to speak!  

Then there was the year I worked with Dr. Pimlott at the University of Toronto -- his speciality was the study of wolves.  He and his students would spend summers way north following the caribou and monitoring wolf packs/families, observing the behaviours and interactions of the wolves.  I got the job of typing up research papers and, in the process, learned a great deal, including respect for this intelligent, family-oriented animal.

This photograph seems to show a really pensive expression on the face of a lone wolf -- maybe an older sibling longing for the day when he can start his own family.  Who knows the thoughts and feelings of the creatures with whom we share this planet.


May peace be with you all.


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