University Science Higher Education has lost the art of observation- why don’t we re-introduce it? 

In order to uderstand something, close observation is necessary.

Botanists and budding botanical artists recommend always keeping a sketchbook handy in order to keep practising and observing accurately what they see around them.

I aim to apply my levels of observation to drawing something and getting to know it inside-out. I have chosen the only thing I hope to keep alive long enough to sketch. A christmas rose or  Hellebore.

I started by measuring and outlining the flowers.


Accurate measurement of each petal and leaf

Following from that- I’ve drawn the 3d outlines of the plant and leaf to get an understanding of how it grows- and in this case, droops when it needs watering.

I then created a layout of the things that a deconstructed Hellebore is made up of then began to fill them in….


Pages halfway done

What I learnt, was particularly following the dissection of the Carpel, is my GCSE biology all over again- and this sort of detailed sketchbook might be  a way forwards for those budding scientists out there wanting to take things to a different level. Indeed, it makes sense in terms of a  creative way of seeing something scientific, to draw it and annotate it (that’s coming).

Dissected carpel Hellebore

Dissected Carpel, noting the ova inside the ovary that will become seeds one day.


Study page with annotations

The finished article

Hellebore in full


I’ve learned about taxonomy as well, revising what the differences between species and subspecies are. 

The plant itself though is now dead. :/

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