dandelion and acanthus

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Dandelion flowers have been brought out by the sun over the Easter holiday, and are feeding bees. I’m enjoying them.

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Acanthus is the usual classical ornamental leaf of choice. It’s given a capital position – just look at Sicilian Greek / Byzantine cloisters.

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This notice in a Sicilian National Park says Acanthus is celebrated as a Christian emblem of resurrection and is a symbol of fertility because it grows wild, rather than being cultivated. It’s tempting to draw because of its symmetry, deep notches, and clear veins.

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Dandelions also grow wild and have deeply indented and curious leaves. I’m making space for them in my yard.

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