I found this beautiful weed climbing on a friend's fence. Beautiful but rather toxic. While not as poisonous as its cousin, Deadly Nightshade, Bittersweet Nightshade should not be consumed. On this particular vine, the berries were in every stage of color. The berries start green and are most toxic during this state. Next, the berries … Continue reading Bittersweet Nightshade Watercolor Sketch
I am mesmerized by the most ordinary things sometimes...a simple weed...but then I think, there's nothing really ordinary about this beautiful specimen. It's an opportunistic, being the first to attack disturbed ground, it moved right in. From where? I haven't a clue. It's Popeye the Sailor strong, I almost couldn't tear off a sample. It … Continue reading What am I? Weed Watercolor Sketch
As a child, I grew up next to a small empty lot in the city. It was my special "field" where I spent much time exploring. I use to think it was so gigantic (it's really not). I would walk around studying plants in my field and my all time favorite was Queen Anne's Lace, an … Continue reading Winter Queen Anne’s Lace
On the Little Red Schoolhouse trail, I found Pokeberry! Pokeberry is a weed that has a hypnotic bright fuchsia stem and beautiful berries, but do note that Pokeberry = poison to mammals so do not eat!!! The toxins found in the leaves, stem and seeds can cause death...which is why our painting will be called, … Continue reading Let’s Paint Pokeberry Poison!
UPDATE: TOM WITH THE OHIO NATURE BLOG, HAS IDENTIFIED THIS PLANT AS THE "FLOWER OF AN HOUR", HIBISCUS TRIONUM.THANK YOU SO MUCH TOM, YOU THE MAN! I have no idea what this is. The good thing is, I don't need to know what it is to paint it! Painting a subject is my way of … Continue reading Gotta Paint that Weed!