Good News

It’s about Arthur, my pet avocado tree.

I was feeling a bit down this morning, missing the company that we had for the past week or two. I went out on the back porch with the idea of further documenting Arthur’s demise, much like I did with my dragonfruit (Single DragonfruitSymmetryDragonfruit UnchainedDragonfruitus Resumptus and Aging Dragonfruit, Old Dragonfruits Never Die).

But Arthur seems to be coming around. I know! Hard to believe. His existing leaves are becoming more decrepitudinous, but there is a sprout of new leaves at the top!

Today’s experiment

I did my sketch of Arthur with a charcoal pencil today. For some reason, using this method helped me to capture the general shapes of the leaves and stems much more easily than pencil.

Here is my sketch:

Sketch - Charcoal sketch of Arthur, my pet avocado tree

Arthur – Charcoal Sketch
12″x9″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block


I decided that the colors I chose for my palette limit are very limited when it comes to greens. I only have Hooker’s green and Phthalo green. The former is a dark color, which requires quite a bit of dilution to get an acceptable shade of green for leaves; the latter is tinted very much on the blue side.

I tried to add different greens in the (preliminary) sketch below. Among the colors in today’s experiment are Chrome green, Olive green, Phthalo yellow green, which is a perfect color for the pale greens of Arthur’s compromised leaves.

Preliminary Watercolor Sketch of Arthur, my pet avocado tree

Arthur with Growth Spurt
12″x9″ 140# Cold Pressed Watercolor Block

Most of the fine definition is already done. Tomorrow I will be trying to make the leaves more distinct by practicing my glazing techniques.

4 thoughts on “Good News

  1. Like your dear Arthur, I have a plant. I think it’s a philodendron. Anyway, it’s a viney thing. Only has three leaves. Saved it from a plant at my Mom’s funeral. Didn’t expect it to live. I threw it in a small glass pumpkin with some of those water-expanding beads just as a fluke. It has one root, about six inches long. this week, I was refilling the water and noticed that it is sprouting another leaf. I’m amazed and astounded. It probably should be noted that I have a coal-black thumb when it comes to growing plants.


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