You can tell it’s jacaranda season where I live. After my last post featuring a street lined with these wonderful trees, here is the view of my neighbor’s jacaranda tree that I sat in my driveway and painted. I’m posting this photo alongside my sketch so you can see why I was so glad it was done from life and not a photo. The colors in the painting are what my eye could see. But under the glare of a summer sky, even an overcast one, my phone backlights the tree and hides that magical color.

Of course, there are a lot more reasons to paint outside: like enjoying sitting in the sun and capturing the shifting light and the breeze in the tree. Plus, I get to say hi to all the dogs that are out for a walk.

Here’s a better look at that tree, rendered in watercolor, pen & ink, gouache, colored pencil, and white china marker.

About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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10 Responses to Jacaranda

  1. Beautifully done!! Your color choices are stunning. I grew up in Southern California where these trees were planted on both sides of our neighborhood streets. Thank you for bringing the memories back on this Sunday morning.

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  2. Irene Reinhold says:

    It’s absolutely gorgeous. So rich and mysterious. Love it. Irene

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. Laura Kate says:

    I’m inspired by your use of color and the energy of your lines.

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  4. Elaine H. says:

    Beautiful, Suhita.

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  5. jankto says:


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  6. doreartandlettering says:

    Beautiful detail. I love your loose sketches and playful color. And, I greatly appreciate your descriptions. Thank you, DORE


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  7. My favorite tree! You did a beautiful job capturing this one!

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  8. Isabelle says:

    What a fantastic painting! I love all things about it. I am following your blog for a while and feel like you have outdone yourself. Greetings from Switzerland unknowingly. Isabelle

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