Elleptical Leaf

Elleptical leaf
Illustration created with Procreate on iPad

I am a gardener with a great curiosity about my environment.

To sharpen my observation skills, I draw. When I am trying to identify a plant, I usually start with the leaves.

Having a glossary of botanical terms is useful, paired with photos and

illustrations, even better.

So, when I’ve correctly identified a plant, I take photos and take notes. During the long winter months, I study my notes and use the photos to practice botanical drawings.

By Joanne McKinnon

Artist and author.

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