Pen and Ink Diversion

Purple Giant Hyssop

I hoped to have my newest painting done by today, but alas, the garden beckoned all weekend.  Instead, I thought I’d share with you my drawing of giant purple hyssop, an interesting plant I found in a nearby savanna.  Bees love this plant, and, judging by the lower leaf, someone’s larva does as well.


  1. You are so kind, Tom. As a matter of fact, I have been working on a series of these for about 10 years. It all started when I got my hands on Swink & Wilhelm’s “Plants of the Chicagoland Region” and realized there were no pictures in it! And so I set off on a treasure hunt, trying to find as many high quality plants as I could, mostly in my county. I have decided to start showing them once in awhile, when I don’t have a painting to share. Eventually I’m thinking of having them put into a book or something…..

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  2. I’ve never realized there’s an odd contradiction in my preferences. Despite understanding everything photographers say about the virtues of black and white images, I can’t help myself; I prefer color. And yet, I love line drawings of plants, or pen-and-ink pieces of any sort. This certainly is black and white, but it’s deeply appealing, and very well done.


  3. Sorry I’ve been away d=so long…I love, love, love this! Everything about it – all the detail but the slightly loose, alive feeling, the bite taken out of the leaf, the way it sits on the page. 🙂 🙂 !!


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