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I'm always drawing animals, but though I love plants, I don't sketch them often. Today sat down with a vase of pink azaleas cut from my yard, tried to draw them. It was difficult to get the delicate feel of the flowers with line, framed by straighter shapes of leaves. When I was done I had a hard time picking out the flowers from the foliage, it just didn't jump out at first glance: these are azaleas. So I picked up Isa's colored pencils and added a bit of hue. Now it looks nicer, and immediately recognizable.

As I was using her pencils, of course my daughter had to come see what I was doing. She wanted to draw flowers too. Here's her drawing:

I think it's pretty good for a five-year-old!

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