I’ve been working on other things, but I haven’t been entirely idle. I’ve tried sketching a few more tiny things, but I’m just not feeling a “click.”
Remember our friend Scarlet Pimpernel?
I tried a sketch, and I don’t love it. Even though the petals can be pointed, I think the shape is just wrong here. I need rounded petals, and shorter flower stalks Back, as they say, to the drawing board.
I’ve had a little more luck with Ponysfoot, Dichondra carolinensis, which is in the morning glory family. It’s mostly a weed here, though in other places it’s grown as a lawngrass substitute. (It certainly would like to take over my lawn!) The stems run along the ground and root at the nodes. It has cute round leaves and teensy flowers that are whitish, pale green, or pale yellow.
Many people don’t know it has flowers at all, because you have to get down on their level to appreciate them. Who wouldn’t like purple anthers?
I’m quite happy with the leaves and stem in the sketch below, but the flowers are… what? Too large in proportion to the leaves, I think.
Time to blow up the leaves and shrink the flowers, hopefully meeting in the middle with something that says “chart me.”
They can’t all work on the first try!