Hello, hello. Now I am really back from vacation, as I have a drawing for you today!

Something that I love about being an artist is the opportunity to learn a little about lots of different things. My Natural Patterns Alphabet is a prime example of this—whenever I go to draw a new part of the series, I look up photos and random information about that particular thing.

Today’s drawing of Eucalyptus is a case in point—did you know that the word “eucalyptus” comes from the Greek word “eukalyptos” meaning “well covered?” OK, I’ll stop nerding out! The most interesting thing I realized about this tree is the sheer number of species. It’s ridiculous—the wonderful wikipedia says there are over 700 species!!

In looking at lots of pictures, and having one false start where I thought a tree in my front yard is Eucalyptus (I now know it is actually Callistemon which is in the same Myrtle family as Eucalyptus), I decided that the leaves are the most distinct part of the plant. The flowers are really interesting as well, but they’re all pretty varied, so I stuck with the leaves. Enjoy!


“Eucalyptus,” 5 x 5 inches, pen and ink, prints available in my shop


1 Response to “Eucalyptus”

  1. 1 sappling June 1, 2011 at 4:05 am

    I love your natural elements alphabet! This and the beehive are probably my favorite, but xylemvand thistle are close runners-up.

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Hello there! My name is Nicole K. Docimo, and I am an artist and writer from the U.S.A. but currently residing in Zurich, Switzerand. Thank you for visiting my blog!

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