Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sketchbook Journeys - Italy: Day 13 (Tuscan Wildflowers)

Springtime in Tuscany...what could be prettier?

10" x 7", ink & watercolor in Stillman & Birn Beta series sketchbook

As we drove through the countryside on our way from San Gimignano to Lucca, the scenes we passed were enough to keep a constant smile on my face. 

Olive groves, vineyards, villas, and bright green hillsides combined with warm sunshine and clear blue skies to make a day that was pretty nearly perfect.

We stopped often to take photos along the way, and when I could tear my eyes away from the gorgeous views, I started to notice what was right at my feet. 

Tucked in among the grasses were delicate wildflowers that begged to be included in my travel journal. Since I didn't have time to linger and sketch, I snapped photos to work from later.

I recognized a few of the varieties from similar flowers back home in Pennsylvania, like buttercups, grape hyacinth, coltsfoot, and wild iris.

Altogether, they made one of the prettiest pages in my travel journal.

The soft, flowery painted text is the perfect complement to this page of floral beauties.

Wouldn't this sketch make a lovely print?
It could be yours if you enter my Italy Sketch Giveaway
only two more days until the drawing! (See rules here.)


  1. Love all your flowers, Leslie!

  2. You have sketched the wild flowers so delicately, love the pretty text.

  3. I especially like the hyacinth. You post reminded me of traveling to Lucca from a small village of Calci. We found a wonderful restaurant just outside the "tunnel" and we discovered Tuscan tagliata (steak cut on top of arugula)!!!

  4. This is so lovely! The individual flowers are so delicate, and the page is gorgeous!

  5. I like the way you focused on the little flowers that are often overlooked (poor babies) and the way you did the script! Beautiful page!

  6. Fab wild flowers and such pretty calligraphy. I'd love to win one of the prints!


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