It Started with Eden

Whether the flower or the color is the focus I do not know. I do know that the flower is painted large enough to convey to you my experience of the flower and what is my experience of the flower if it is not color.

—Georgia O'Keeffe

When it comes to flowers, a rose is not just a rose, as Gertrude Stein said, it is the rose, the one you are looking at right this minute. Sure, it has similarities to other roses, but it also has a detail that is all its own.

Learn to look for this singularity in all of nature. Think about individual plants as individuals. Lauren likes to think of them as if they are friends, especially in the spring (the season as we write this), when she has been missing them. Then, it's like greeting old friends and meeting new ones.

There's nothing like the feeling when those first crocuses and daffodils come up in the garden. It's a reminder of the cycle of life, of renewal and rebirth. No matter how utterly blue you've felt all winter, seeing those first brave shoots of green push through the snow reminds us that summer is just around the bend.

Whether it's springtime, summer, or autumn, you can use whatever's blooming in your garden to practice drawing flowers and leaves. This practice will help you achieve precision in your drawing technique, as well as honing your powers of minute observation.

Every flower and leaf of every plant has a shape and detail all its own.

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