Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Russian Sage


Do-Something-Everyday, Sept 14, 2016

With autumn just a week away the only plant that is blooming in my yard is Russian Sage (Perovskia atripcifolia). Despite its common name, it is not part of the sage family and it is not native to Russia. It's also sometimes confused with lavender because of the violet flowers but as you can see above its leaf shapes are completely different. Like lavender and sage, its leaves are aromatic when crushed and has a long history of use in traditional medicine.The flowers are supposed to be edible though I have never tried them. The flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.

A couple of days ago, I was inspired to paint this faithful perennial. I painted it directly without doing a sketch first. I used just two colors: green and violet. Which makes it  a perfect candidate for Try it on Tuesday's this weeks challenge to use just two colors for the project.

Also linked to Paint Party Friday. Thanks to Eva and Kristin for hosting.






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14 comments:

  1. Lovely painting of your beautiful Russian Sage! Fantastic and so inspiring!
    Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday.
    Mar DT :)

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  2. Beautiful art and photos. Thanks for linking to TIOT. Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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  3. Beautiful painting! I had trouble distinguishing which was real and which was art!

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  4. Beautiful painting! It does look like lavender

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  5. That'ssimply AMAZING!
    Thank you so much for joining us again at Try It On Tuesday.
    oxo Susi

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  6. very pretty illustration on photos. Happy PPF!

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  7. You captured the Russian Sage perfectly!

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  8. This plant is so pretty and you captured it perfectly.

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  9. Gorgeous sage...I just love green and purple together. For years I used it to decorate!! Although I still very much love it I have moved one! Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs Giggles

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  10. Oh my! Your painting is beautiful and I love your photos! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

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  11. you did a great job capturing that lovely purple flower.

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  12. What a beauty you made. Lovely work!
    Have a creative week!

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  13. Well done... really appreciate this botanical piece of art!

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