Saturday 26 November 2011

Day 26 - AEDM & Nablopomo - African Milk Tree

hi everyone

after my good health day yesterday, lower back and abdominal pain had me feeling off kilter again today.  if it's not one thing, it's not fun. i didn't get around to sketching again until afternoon.

another pen sketch was in order.
i was quite excited about doing a double page in the landscape format.

the subject - one of our potted african milk trees

though it looks like a cactus, it is actually a succulent and belongs to the euphorbia family. this particular variety is called a euphorbia trigonaNOTE - euphorbias are highly toxic.

after the pen sketch was finished, i used my derwent inktense pencils and some AS artists watercolour paints to give it some colour.

and then....the final layer with more details.
pencil-free sketch using ZIG millenium & pigma micron ink pens, derwent inktense pencils and AS watercolour paints in my moleskine pocket watercolour sketchbook.

OH...i also used my uniball signo white pen.
i don't know how i overlooked it but, AFTER i took the final pics, i noticed that i'd neglected to colour the very top right shoot.  it has since been coloured.

to view the creative posts of other AEDM members for Day 26
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~ love, light and peace ~


  1. Hello Serena, have a nice day.

  2. Beautiful Serena! I hope you're feeling better by the time you read this--I'm inspired by your everyday art!

  3. Doesn't look like you missed a thing to me. All the details are what make your drawings and paintings really pop. Hope you've had a great day. Tammy

  4. Loving the result, all of your detail really makes it pop off the page. Hope you feel better soon hun x

  5. You have done such a good job at capturing the characteristics of this plant! Hope you are feeling better today.

  6. You're due for a long stretch of good days, lady!! ;)

    I love this! And I so enjoy seeing it step by step.

    I have to ask. What are AS watercolor paints. I'll probably feel really silly after you tell me. ;)

  7. Hi Serena,
    I hope that you are feeling better and will continue to feel better each day.
    Your painting is incredible. I love watching your work progress. You write in a way that makes me feel like you are teaching a class just for me. Thank you.

  8. Another wonderful picture as usual. Hope you feel better soon.

  9. Thanks for showing the step by step the final layer that added details really gives it a wow factor! Wow!

  10. I am so inspired by your art journal to do an every day journal next year (well, I can dream). I love the paper - it just screams draw on me with water media! I did a sketch book artjournal this year that was great fun, but not one every day....and I love this double page format. It's just yummy! thanks for sharing!

  11. We have Euphorbias here too, but not as grand and succulent as this. Wonderful drawing and hope you are feeling better soon:)

  12. I love all the beautiful exotic plants and flowers you have growing around you. Another wonderful page.

  13. WOW, I LOVED the process pics! I just got some Derwent Inktense pencils and look forward to trying them!
    Next trip to Michaels, I'm getting a watercolor journal...I love yours and it inspires me!!

  14. Hi Serena.....I haven't stopped by here for a while....sorry you are having back problems...hopefully it will sort itself out soon. I like this sketch you have shared my neck of the woods we call this a Good Luck Cactus go figure. LOL



  15. Fantastic sketch Serena. i am loving those pens and pencils you are using