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. :-)