Poinsettia on a Side-table

The poinsettia plant seems to keep its leaves and flowers a long time, a fact I appreciated very much when I went to paint it.

I wanted to make an abstract background to contrast with the orderly array of red leaves. Instead of using gouache, as I had for the plant, I rubbed white pastels into the paper and then painted over it with clear gesso, which caused it to blend in. I like the way it turned out.

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8 Responses to Poinsettia on a Side-table

  1. this looks like the kind of plant that is so beautiful that fake versions of it are manufactured and people use it as decoration piece around their house, like a sophisticated kind of flower. i love this

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  2. Lovely flower painting. I like the idea of the interesting background – you are so creative, I never would have thought of that!

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  3. tprevey says:

    Beautiful rich colors and shading!

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  4. lauraferrol says:

    Your poinsettia is beautiful, Sally!

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