Sunday, May 31, 2009

Banana Trees after Five More Days of Painting

I spent the next five days working on the leaves of the main tree. Banana leaves get shredded by the wind over time, and the tree I used for reference was in a very windy spot. I also added detail to the monkey's fur and the bananas hanging down from the tree. Does everyone know this is how bananas grow? The "blossom" is the red thing hanging at the bottom. Below is a watercolor painting I did that shows the baby bananas tucked between the layers of petals. Eventually, the petals fall off and the bananas grow up on the central stalk.

© Ellen Blonder

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