Willow Tree Family… and perhaps some aspirin?

Today I decided to walk in the forest and study some trees… and I chose a Weeping Willow and a Black Willow. These trees  love having their feet wet… and they thrive in wetlands and have a very rapid growth. There is this wonderful book at my house that is named Arbres et arbustes thérapeutiques and they mention that willows are analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antifungus, antiseptic, astringent, calming… and that it is an essential element in aspirin.

I painted in my little Moleskine that I have been trying out with watercolor… I need to scrub to get the colours in the paper, it seems as though the glaze on the paper prevents the watercolour from seeping in.

Ce livre Arbres et arbustes thérapeutiques a aussi une recette qui s’appelle Concentré chasse-douleur et une de ces bonnes journées je vais l’essayer, car il y a des jours que j’en aurais bien de besoin. Ce livre nomme en ordre alphabétique tous les arbres et arbustes du Québec qui ont des propriétés médicinales… c’est tellement trippant de lire ce livre!

J’ai peint un Saule pleureur et un Saule noir… pour ceux qui vivent au bord de l’eau, les saules noirs y vivent en abondance avec leurs beaux grands bras qui s’étirent au-dessus de l’eau. 

 

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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