Blue Aster

There are so many varieties of asters that grow in the Northeast and I might have been hasty in noting that this was the Frikarth “Monch” variety. After further research, I believe that is actually could be the Aster Laevis “Bluebird” in the front planting bed in the front of our house. The ‘Bluebird’ is a superlative selection of the native smooth aster. This tall, vase-shaped wildflower has large 1″ diameter blue flowers held in cloud-like clusters at the tips of the arching branches. Staking is helpful by late summer if you forget to pinch. Aster laevis is a great source of nectar for migrating monarchs and other late season butterflies. Holbein watercolors with Pitt Art pens in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook.

2015-10-06 Blue Aster


3 thoughts on “Blue Aster

  1. shawnthompsonart October 9, 2015 / 1:04 am

    Good Painting, I like the subtle use of colour, but perhaps it could have used a tiny bit more blue.


  2. waynejacques October 9, 2015 / 5:21 am

    Thanks Shawn. The originals are always more vibrant. The scan seems to have removed most of the blue and purple.


  3. Lisa Jacques October 9, 2015 / 8:43 am

    Lovely sketch!!


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