Today’s concept is quirky, I think, but oh what fun it was – to transform those leaves into my favourite creatures on earth – the birds! This evolution has never happened, of-course, in the sphere of real world. But, what if this was possible? What if the leaves desired to take off – well, they do fly with wind – but what if they decided to become those pretty, sing-songy winged creatures? For a while at least!
So, check out some more pictures – of the art and the Karanj tree, its bark and fruits….
As much as I love leaves, I love birds to the core. My heart takes a leap of faith when I spot a bird or see them soar. The sight of a flock migrating is always so nostalgic.
I’ve been craving to paint some birds lately. So, am happy to grab this opportunity. It was twice the joy painting my favourites – leaves as well as birds on the same page. Plus, the magic of watercolor.
Today’s art is inspired by the leaves of the ‘Karanj’ tree, which is also called the Indian Beech, Karum tree, sukhchain or by its botanical name – Pongamia pinnata.
According to Trees of Delhi, it’s a familiar tree with a short, crooked bole and broad, shady head. It grows wild along rivers and tidal beaches but is remarkably adaptable and has become a popular city tree in India because it is not nibbled by goats. The Karanj is particularly beautiful in pale-green new leaf, but mature leaves are terribly disfigured by leaf-mining worms.
The fruit of the Karanj are woody pods – about 5 cm long, almost oval but flattened, with a pointy beak at the apex. A pod contains only one or rarely 2 seeds.The pods are green at first, ripening straw-yellow or grey-brown. They do not open to release the seeds but decay slowly after falling to the ground.
The bark is medium grey with a somewhat mealy texture, not cracked or fissured.
Note: The Karanja tree is a veritable one-stop pharmacy credited with an astonishing range of remedies in ayurveda. (this link is to an organic and health store but it’s NOT an affiliate link.)
Some more pics of the art:
Yesterday’s leaf art was in watercolors too, if you haven’t seen it. Plus, I weaved in a story into the art. :-)
Previous Leaf Art:
I need help sustaining this blog…
Dear blog readers – It’s been exactly eight years now that I’ve been writing on this blog! Yes, eight long years and hundreds of articles. From art, creativity and learning to food, health, gardening, travel, sustainable and mindful living, natural birth – in our unschooling life, as we go on introspecting, questioning and evolving, I’ve strived to share our stories and experiences with as much honesty, care and sincerity as possible.
The most important thing for me is to keep this blogging endeavour authentic and true to my values. This blog has been my sacred space to express, share, feel empowered and contribute. Hence, I do not like to support businesses that don’t align with my values. So far, I’ve rarely taken sponsorship from brands and companies. I haven’t placed any ads on my blog, though there have been multiple offers.
Infact, I’d like to keep this blog ad free unless something truly meaningful comes across.
Yet, there’s a cost to running this blog. The basic cost of keeping the domain alive, and hosting all this content on. I spend roughly INR 10,000 (USD 173) just to keep this blog up and running. So, I need to cover this cost. Plus, it’d be nice to bring in some income for our family of four. And, this is where I request your support.
If you find my articles and stories useful or inspiring at some level, please help me sustain. Starting from 1 dollar to whatever you can, do consider donating for the content I share; the time and effort I put. Your support will go a long way in keeping this blog (of 8+ years) sparkling with stories for many more years to come. Thank you, dear ones. I’ll value what you’ll gift with love and kindness. :-)
International readers: Donate using PayPal
Readers in India: Donate here