Sunday, March 13, 2011
Monkey Puzzle seeds
Monkey Puzzles are one of my favourite trees because they are so unusual and I noticed that they seemed to grow in some very unlikely places. That is until I found out that they were something of a status symbol in Victorian times so you generally only saw them in the gardens or grounds of large houses. There is one growing not too far away from me, in a small park next to a mayor's office, and it was only last week that I discovered what the seeds look like. I picked some up and took them home and then when I Googled for more information, I found out that the trees have either male of female cones so my local tree is in fact a female!
This is a quick little sketch using Winsor & Newton watercolours - mostly Magnesium Brown and Sepia with touches of red and yellow, on Saunders Waterford HP paper.