I have been concentrating on botanical drawing, and doing fewer mandalas. This one contains flowers I got at the nursery in Bolinas — they lasted and lasted — and so it’s nice to create with them and share them here.It takes more time to make the drawings. Our teacher is in Mexico, and classes will resume in February or March. In the meantime, a small group of us are meeting every week, and continuing to draw. I’m working on a cone from a fir tree, and have spent much of the afternoon trying to understand the Fibonacci pattern of the seed pods, and the little feathery-type thingies that come out in another Fibonacci pattern. Fibonacci is the name given to an occurrence of numbers, first recorded by Leonardo of Pisa. The sequence starts 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13,… where each number is the sum of the previous two numbers. Botanists found that the numbers occur naturally in plant forms such as pine cones, pussy willow, sunflowers, and more. I think I’ve mentioned this before, though I’ve never studied how they actually manifest in an object I’m drawing! FUN!
Thanks to everyone who bought a calendar. They’re sold out! I still have beautiful greeting cards and Flowers for a Pandemic books, here on the site, https://mandalasbotanical.com/shop/ both of which make excellent gifts. If you’re local I can deliver personally, avoiding the lines at the post office.

Rose, dahlias, palm nuts, cedar branch tips, pepper tree berries, and madrone bark

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