Screw Pine with its aerial roots and toothed yellow-striped leaves on two pages of watercolour paper sketch book, opened to 17" x 5 1/2

Artworks and Photos of a Screw Pine (Pandanus)

A pencil sketch of a Screw Pine that was just outside of our hotel’s restaurant patio in Mexico, done while sitting at the restaurant.

pencil sketch of a Screw Pine with its toothed yellow-striped leaves I took a couple of reference shots of the Screw Pine for later. I have run this shot of the scarred trunks and strap-like leaves through the photo app Waterlogue. The original photo had a lot of distracting people and boats in the background but they have all melded into a pleasant blur in Waterlogue. Screw Pine run through the photo app WaterlogueThe other section in the patio opened out onto the amazing aerial or prop roots of the plant. In real life they were very messy and confusing so I just picked the ones I liked and drew them on the opposite page of the sketchbook. I have added a different photo of the aerial roots, this one run through the photo app Snapseed. Screw Pine with its aerial roots run through the photo app SnapseedMy first attempts at watercolour had been in the spare bedroom on a low table that killed my back. I moved the process to an old dining room table, and added watercolour to the pencil sketch of the Screw Pine. The previous two attempts had been in sketchbook with cheap paper; this book contained paper designed to take watercolour. What a difference!I set up a painting area where I would be able to use watercolours and smaller sizes of paper than I was used toScrew Pine (Pandanus) with its aerial roots and toothed yellow-striped leaves on two pages of watercolour paper sketch book, opened to 17″ x 5 1/2. Screw Pine with its aerial roots and toothed yellow-striped leaves on two pages of watercolour paper sketch book, opened to 17" x 5 1/2Now I am imagining something much larger stretched across two panels and painted in acrylic. The biggest challenge will be the background. Every Screw Pine I have seen has been on a beach somewhere tropical, at the edge of a jungle. looking up at a Screw Pine (Pandanus) with its scraggly leaves in Huatulco, MexicoThe above photo had palms in the background, and I found myself quite fascinated (and distracted) with the patterns they made, cutting out a snippet here and there, as below.  palm patterns behind Screw PineAnother snippet from a different photo. A blur of green shows up the aerials roots quite well but the distinctive leaves are lost against the green and only show up against a light sky. palm patterns in the background of the photosThen of course, there is the amazing Screw Pine fruit, this one on a beach in Thailand!Screw Pine with its red fruits and toothed leaves run through the photo app SnapseedHmmm, I think some more work and thought is needed before I start working big again!

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