Blogs // 4 Blogs by Elvira Weidinger

 
Feeling small / Illustrations inspired by nature
Did you ever have the chance to admire the white fluffy seeds of a Gomphocarpus physocarpus? Or the woolly hairs of a "She Kong" that can grow up to spectacular 3 meters? Or the complicated colorful construction of a Passionflower? The beauty and intelligence of nature is so much bigger than us.

Gomphocarpus physocarpus
Large spherical inflated fruits covered with soft spines, splitting to release many seeds, each with a tuft of long silky hairs attached at one end. South Africa, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng, Limpopo, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Kenya.

Fuzzy Heliconia vellerigera "She Kong"
A magnificent cultivator from Columbia, inflorescence are red and “woolly” with cinnamon hairs, creating an astonishing pendulous bract. Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica, Panama

Passiflora incarnata
Commonly known as maypop, purple passionflower, true passionflower, wild apricot, and wild passion vine, is a fast-growing perennial vine with climbing or trailing stems. Flowers have five bluish-white petals. They exhibit a white and purple corona, a structure of fine appendages between the petals and stamens. Passionflower is reputed to have sedative effects. Historically, the plant has been used to treat anxiety, insomnia, or hypertension. Southeast USA, South America © // 3 files // show complete blog
IMAGE // ELVIRA WEIDINGER
IMAGE // ELVIRA WEIDINGER
IMAGE // ELVIRA WEIDINGER
ILLUSTRATIONS INSPIRED BY TRAVEL / BEACHLIFE ON PHU QUOC ISLAND, VIETNAM
On a day on one of the beautiful beaches of phu quoc, the tropical island of Vietnam, I watched the beach life of 3 generations. 
Kids were playing in the shallow waters, a group of grannies was chatting and laughing dabbling in the warm waves. Two young women, on the other hand, have not even set foot in the water and paid little attention to the beauty of nature. Their focus was on perfect styling and getting the perfect selfie.
I wondered if we have to get older to get back to playing and laughing, simply enjoying ourselves right here right now? © // 3 files // show complete blog
IMAGE // Illustrations inspired by travel / Asian beach life/ Grannies
IMAGE // Illustrations inspired by travel / Asian beach life/ Instagirls
IMAGE // Illustrations inspired by travel / Asian beach life/ Kids
Illustrations inspired by travel / Ethiopia Omo Valley / Life stripped to its essence
Nothing prepares your for Ethiopia´s Omo valley. It´s one of the most remote parts of this incredible country and the whole world. Nowhere else on earth you can find the multiplicity and strength of the indigenous cultures that still exist here. Over 16 different ethnic groups live in the Omo Valley region, all with different customs, rites, rituals, languages, architecture and dress. I was able to visit some of the tribes and get to know their way of life. I found myself admiring the villages, even its simplicity. Yes, it was a crude sort of life, but there was a cozy sense of bounty here, of everything having its place, of every need of life.
Some moments I caught with my camera on this trip inspired me to this illustration series.  © // 3 files // show complete blog
IMAGE // Illustration inspired by travel / Ethiopia / Omo valley
IMAGE // Illustrations inspired by travel / Ethiopia / Omo valley
IMAGE // Illustrations inspired by travel / Ethiopia / Omo valley
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