The Day 23 leaf art is inspired by the soulful poetry of Rumi, again, and – the leaves and flowers of the Frangipani – Plumeria Rubra. I’ve done Frangipani before – Plumeria obtusa – but this one’s a different variety whose leaves as well as flowers are unique. Day 23 was quite a challenge in more than one aspects, due to which I had to be content with just sketching rather than doing a full-fledged painting with colours and textures that I’d imagined. Read about my ordeals of the day, and more…! Ha! But then, I’m happy that I could at least do the leaf art without breaking my 30-day-challenege.
Challenege # 1 – I had several leaves and clicks from the day’s nature walk but couldn’t identify even a single tree. I had a leaf which looked quite like Sita-Ashoka but checking back with book and internet, I wasn’t quite sure. I thought I had identified the Weeping Fig right, but that seemed dubious too. And so many others. So, I finally resorted to the Frangipani with pink/purple flowers that I so love.
The second challenge was time. After a long walk and going through an hour-long failed identifying exercise back home, I was not only tired but sleepy too (have been sleep-deprived for a few days now!). But those words by Rumi motivated me to do the art. I did the sketch and quite liked my vision behind it, but I’d to really resist the urge to colour it. I was so drained.
And the third challenge was art material. Would you believe – I’ve almost run out of colours and need to replenish as soon as possible…. Phew!
So, am letting this be my Day 23 art. I’m sure I’ll go back to it to colour in the most fascinating hues. But, after the 30-day challenge.
If you’d like to take a closer look at these words by Rumi. (I really love the book – Essential Rumi – with a compilation of all his poetry (translated in English).
The Day-22 leaf art was inspired by Rumi, too. Check it out. I’m sure you’ll feel motivated. 🙂 Plus, I’ve shared links to beautiful resources (books, art etc) that will help you in spiritual parenting.