Thursday, 9 August 2012

Orchids and Restharrow

Here are the latest pieces of my Ynyslas painting. The Pyramidal orchids and six spot burnet moth are now completed with some graphite grasses.
The common restharrow -Ononsis repens is a member of the pea/legume family that can be found sprawling through the dune slacks. The underground stems are so tough that they used to delay the passage of horse-drawn ploughs or harrows, hence the name.
Apparently cattle which eat the sticky,hairy leaves give milk tainted with an unpleasant ,goat-like smell. The leaves do have a harsh sweaty smell when crushed.
I painted the little hairs in with white gouache over the darker colours and definitely did not crush the leaves!