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An Eternal Journey – Colours of the Universe: Watercolour Leaf Art (Pilkhan Tree – Ficus virens)

Universe Eternity Leaf Art Watercolor Earth Sun

Today’s art expresses the universe of my imagination – its resplendent, luminous, flamboyant colors; its infinity that encompasses the earth – with its greens and blues, the sun, the cosmos, and its eternal journey in time and space. Really, our celestial space makes me wide-eyed and wonder-struck. That’s the reason the night-sky fascinates me and I often go out into our 8th floor balcony to gaze into the vast expanse. I feel so at peace that I was able to give shape and colours to my vision of the universe.

Check out many more pics inside. Also, some useful resources for children to learn about the universe and astronomy.

I do love colours and doing this art has refreshed my mind and soul in ways that I can’t begin to express. Doing the details – the outlines, the tiny spaces, balancing all the colours was tiring and needed huge patience. But then, when you enjoy something to the core, you’re willing to draw from the innermost reserves. Isn’t it?

To get the depth in colour, I shaded with oil pastels over watercolour. And then, applied some streaks of pearl acrylic paint to attain glow. Used black gel pen to do the outlines.

Cosmos Universe Eternity Watercolor art Leaves

Today’s art is inspired by the leaves of the Pilkhan tree, which is called the White fig or the Java fig. It’s botanical name is Ficus virens.

About Pilkhan (White Fig – Ficus virens)

According to Trees of Delhi field guide – The Pilkhan has an immense, spreading canopy that displays wonderful changing tints when it renews its foliage in spring. It has long aerial roots like the banyan’s but they tend to wrap themselves around the top of the trunk instead of becoming dangling prop-roots. One of Delhi’s most beautiful shade-trees. The Pilkhan can be confused with the Jadi, whose overall form and leaves are similar. The main difference is that jadi has smooth, distinctively greenish-yellow bark and figs without stalks that turn deep purple when they ripen.

The leaves of the Pilkhan are smooth, oval with a broad base and short, pointy apex.

Some more pics of today’s painting:

Sun zentangle watercolor artwork

The SUN – I wanted to portray that its heat energy is healing for life rather than burning. Hence, I showed the red-hot flames transforming into soothing orange petals dripping warmth on earth.

Universe Watercolor Leaf Art

The boats with the spiral – I wanted to convey the eternal journey of the earth and all other celestial bodies that make the universe. And that – WE are part of that journey helping row those boats.

leaf art watercolor zentangle

The Tree of Life that Earth is connecting all forms of creation.

The Pink Lotus (read the detailed meaning) that you see around the Earth – symbolizes the state of enlightenment or Nirvana. It also means the human-kind opening up its heart to the universe.

Universe in Colors earth sun watercolor leaf art

Astronomy-related resources, crafts, hands-on activities for kids:

The Day 20 Leaf Art was a portrayal of a beautiful story from Indian mythology about universal love and kindness. You’ll love to show this to your kids and read aloud the story.


Leaf Art – Day 1 to Day 19:

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

Day 14: If Leaves Evolved Into Birds (Karanj or Indian Beech)

Day 15: Gaia – the Goddess Earth (Rai Jamun leaves)

Day 16: Positive Affirmations Leaf Art (‘Putranjiva’ or child-life tree)

Day 17: Elements of the Earth (Inspired by the Shaving Brush Tree)

Day 18: The Dreamcatcher – Inspired by Neem Leaves

Day 19: The Scent of Gratitude – Inspired by Maulsari (Indian Medlar)

Day 20: The Story of Shabari and Ram – Inspired by the Ber Tree (Indian Jujube/Cherry)

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Miquela August 23, 2013, 8:52 pm

    Those boats spoke to me as soon as I saw them!

    • Rashmie August 27, 2013, 12:09 pm

      Thank you, Miquela. Yes, those boats – they made me set off on a journey too. :-)

  • Anita Roy August 23, 2013, 9:20 pm

    Wow, this one is so beautiful. I can see how lovingly and unhurriedly you created this work.

    • Rashmie August 27, 2013, 12:11 pm

      Thank you, Anita. So kind of you to leave this positive note here. You’re right – ‘unhurriedly’ is the word. I poured love into this art… :-) So glad you like it.

      P.S. Checked out your new blog. Keep writing and sharing your posts. :-)

  • Durba September 24, 2016, 7:58 am

    I love this detailed work and the balance of colors. Watercolor is a beautiful medium and children should also try this medium.

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