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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Gardens and Parks - Fran," Bird of Paradise"





I have a White Bird of Paradise Plant.  I had no idea that it made flowers, I bought it
 for the sculptural, fanning pattern of the plant itself. 
 A couple of years ago it bloomed! I was so impressed that this photo 
has remained one of my favorites.
Naturally I had to paint it.


The painting was done with watered gouache on watercolor paper.

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful loose sketch!!! I love birds of paradise. My sister in California grew them and I always loved sketching them when I visited. She didn't have white ones.

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    1. Thank you Joan. I agree, they are such complicated of petals and colors.

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  2. Hi Fran. This is beautiful. This type of plant is so beautiful. I have one that blooms in orange. It made it through the winter. Great job and colors.

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  3. Fran - this is great. I love the freshness of your painting for this unusual plant :-)

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  4. They do look like exquisite birds don't they? Your painting is exquisite bird in flight!

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    1. Thank you Lynn. They do look like they should fly.

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  5. I love your gorgeous, spunky flower!

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    1. LOL I never thought of it as spunky. I like that. Thank you.

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  6. Your bring the sketch alive with your colors Fran! The Birds of Paradise is beautiful and thanks for sharing a photo too!

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    1. Thank you. Most people think of the flower as being orange. I had to show it for proof.

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  7. Fran, they look so exotic! What beautiful colors and shapes!

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  8. A beautiful expressive interpretation of the Bird of Paradise flower, full of colour and movement. I love this very much.

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  9. I thought it was on Yupo paper, it looks so fluid and bright. Thanks for the details about the gouache. I have never thinned them down to look like watercolor and I like your technique.

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