Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Illustration Friday: Journey


This week's Illustration Friday word is "journey", so I give you...a shrub. 

This is Brunfelsia pauciflora, but I prefer its evocative common name,  
Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow.

Walking through our neighborhood, a friend and I used to pass one of these gorgeous plants, and we'd always comment on how much we liked it.  Once I finally learned its name, I liked it even more.  The name is derived from the fact that the blossoms start out a bright violet, fade to a beautiful lavender about a day later, and end up almost white.  Its poetic name makes it a perfect gift to celebrate a birthday, a new baby, any landmark along life's journey.
  "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
—Albert Einstein

Note: For some reason, my jpg images are looking fuzzy once they're placed into this post. (Click on the drawing if you'd like to see how it should look.)  If anyone has advice for me, I'd love to hear from you!

My Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow plant

19 comments:

  1. Oh, I have always loved this shrub. The blossoms have a heavenly fragrance. I wish I lived where I could have one again.
    BTW, I've been ad admirer of your artwork for some time now. It is a joy to see your beautiful drawings.

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  2. How lovely, Sarah! Sorry I can't help with the fuzzy problem.

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  3. --Looking good at this end--not fuzzy.
    What a visual treat! --A Beautiful, and appropriate interpretation of "Journey" both in name, and seeing your progression to a beautiful end.

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  4. As usual, our journey of watching your pieces come to life is nice. Your journey of creating them must be rewarding. Nice work and I love purple, especially for Spring.

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  5. Hey what wonderful work you do, so full of light

    As far as jpg, probably Gif is better, less lossy? smaller files Use save for web in photoshop

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  6. Hello:
    The common name is absolutely enchanting and a very good reason to include this shrub in the garden.

    We do agree, the picture enlarged gives a much better image. Why this should be so, we have no idea whatsoever.

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  7. I've never heard of this flower but I like it's name and the idea.
    The colours are lovely, this would make a great little print...I can just see it a frame on the wall!

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  8. Those are lovely Sarah. I especially like the way you handled the purple-blue tomorrow one.

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  9. I love the journey of this plant, I love your lettering too!

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  10. heidi aldin monteleoneApril 20, 2011 at 8:39 PM

    I never heard of that shrub! They are beautifully done. Love it! :)

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  11. Lovely flowers and lovely drawing. We always comment on these flowers that they seem to look at you with only one eye.
    Nice interpretation of 'Journey': their journey through colours sure does attract all kind of different bees.
    Paula

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  12. Wonderful concept and beautifully rendered! I look forward to seeing your post each week. Thank you.

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  13. These are really nicely done. I never knew about these flowers before!

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  14. Beautiful. I love the lettering too.

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  15. Oh yay, a plant that turns white faster than I do! I have HEARD of this shrub, but I've never seen one in person. The blooms are beautiful as is your illustration of them. The petals look so soft, and the deep purple is gorgeously rich. Well done!

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  16. Sarah, you nailed it, yet again! OMG (I hate OMG, but sometimes, it just works) Gosh, golly "Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow" makes me all weepy for some reason. As always, love this. Doing my Saturday rounds of catching up on my faves...as always my faves are just wonderful!

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  17. The jpeg images don't look fuzzy to me. This illustration is beautiful. You really give a lot of color to white! I think I'm going to read up about the plant to see if it would work anywhere in my garden!

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