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Day 14: If Leaves Evolved Into Birds – Watercolor Zentangle Art (Karanj or Indian Beech)

watercolor zentangle leaf bird art therapy

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.

leaf art water color

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.

birds water color wet on wet technique

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.

trees of delhi_karanj

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.

karanj tree Indian beech

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.

nature walk and art therapy

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:

art and nature therapy for pregnancy

nature and art journaling

leaf art water color birds journaling

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:

Day 1: Inspired by Saptaparni Leaves

Day 2: Inspired by Gulmohar Leaves

Day 3: Inspired by Banyan Leaves

Day 4: Inspired by Peepal Leaves

Day 5: Inspired by Yellow Bells

Day 6: Inspired by Jadi Leaves – Ficus amplissima

Day 7: Inspired by Kassod Leaves – Senna Siamea

Day 8: Inspired by Kashmir’s Chinar Leaves

Day 9: Inspired by Frangipani Leaves

Day 10: Inspired by Kaniar (Bauhinia purpurea)

Day 11: Inspired by Ashok Leaves (Indian Fir)

Day 12: Self-portrait – Inspired by Sheesham (Indian Rosewood) Leaves

Day 13: The Story of Mulberry Leaves, Silkworm and the Indian Flag

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  • Sadhana Bhagwat August 16, 2013, 1:54 pm

    this is amazing!!! getting better with each day!!

    • Rashmie August 27, 2013, 12:39 pm

      Thank you, Sadhi di, for cheering me on… :-)

  • Manish August 16, 2013, 4:06 pm

    This is some serious out-of-the-box thinking!! Absolutely loved it! The concept is awesome, the execution is equally matching. With this you have blended the different elements of nature and life in an altogether new manner! The colors seem to be evolving and maturing themselves in the whole “evolution” cycle.. and lastly, an apt title to go with the story!

    Fab art work! Where are you going from here? Makes me curious! ;-)

    • Rashmie August 27, 2013, 12:38 pm

      Mannu, so sorry for the late reply to that lovely, detailed comment and analysis of yours on the ‘bird evolution art’.
      I love reading such thoughts and critique. It just gives me so much more food for thought to work on the next art and improve on the previous. :-)
      Keep sharing your views. Well, no pressure of course… :-) I know how hard pressed you are for time….
      So, thank you for taking the time out and egging me on.

      P.S. I have no idea either where am I heading from here. But, this challenge has definitely helped restore my self-confidence in art – which had taken a back seat for years… :-(

  • Manish August 16, 2013, 4:08 pm

    .. just read my last line from my previous comment – it aligns well with your blog’s tagline :)

  • Sunita August 16, 2013, 7:24 pm

    This instantly put a smile on my face! It’s a picture I would like to look at every day!

    • Rashmie August 27, 2013, 12:33 pm

      Sunita, thanks :-)
      You said – “it’s a picture I’d like to look at everyday”
      Wow, that’s such a big honour for me! Thank you for all your love and positive vibes. Let’s connect beyond this space.
      Are you in Delhi, too?

  • Sunita August 28, 2013, 6:28 am

    No, I am not in Delhi, though I have visited family there often and love Delhi very much. I live in far northern New York State, in a beautiful place called the Adirondack Mountains. It’s very much like Kashmir. I am not sure when next we will visit Delhi, but I know my family would love to meet yours. We are “kindred spirits” as L.M. Montgomery would say. :)@Rashmie

  • diseño web December 22, 2013, 10:56 am

    Yes! Finally something about Indian beech.