Just a simple sketch of camellia sinensis, otherwise known as tea :)
photos & artwork © Elizabeth Paige Davison 2013
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It’s a beautiful plant, but according to the Organic Trade Association:
“Cotton is considered the world’s ‘dirtiest’ crop due to its heavy use of insecticides, the most hazardous pesticide to human and animal health.”
“It can take almost a 1/3 pound of synthetic fertilizers to grow one pound of raw cotton in the US, and it takes just under one pound of raw cotton to make one t-shirt”
“Nitrogen synthetic fertilizers are considered the most detrimental to the environment, causing leaching and runoff that freshwater habitats and wells.”
“The cottonseed hull, where many pesticide residues have been detected, is a secondary crop sold as a food commodity. It is estimated that as much as 65% of cotton production ends up in our food chain, whether directly through food oil or indirectly through the milk and meat of animals”
If your cotton isn’t organic its most likely Genetically Modified. If you can, please support the farmers who have chosen to grow 100% organic cotton. In the very least, check those food labels and make sure that your cookies, crackers, etc. are not made with cottonseed oil, a bi-product of cotton processing.
Tonight I changed Sketchbook Sundays up a bit. I got a chance to check out Art Depth – a free, interactive art event held at the Crimson Lounge in downtown Chicago. This years party was called GODDESS, and was complete with live painting, a showing of Summer Romero’s gorgeous handmade + eco-friendly fashion line Gaianauta , ayurvedic and reiki healers, an impromptu photo studio, music & burlesque.
There were figure models posing and supplies to draw with. I had fun drawing the incredible bird masks + costumes the models were wearing. Since it’s been a while since I’ve done any figure drawing, I’m a little rusty – so I thought that this week I’d share some of the amazing art by featured artists Jessica Juarez and David Abed.
October is Chicago Artists Month, so there are lots of great events going on. If you live in or are visiting the city, be sure to get out there, support some artists & get inspired to create!
photos: © Elizabeth Paige Davison 2013
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Today I’m kicking off my Sketchbook Sundays Series – every sunday I’ll be posting a sketchbook page that I’ve worked on during the week. As I put more time and energy into the natural skincare side of The Lotus Root, I feel like I need something to motivate me to draw or paint each week – to keep me in the flow. Otherwise I get sucked into all of the other things I have to do to run a business and remain happy and healthy. Plus, I feel art is meant to be shared. I’m hoping it will inspire you make some art, too. Maybe we can help keep each other going.
Today I’m sharing my Flowing Chakras drawing that I later turned into this t-shirt. More next week. In the meantime, I’d love to see what you’re working on..let me know in the comments below!
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