I have painted a lot of houseplants over the years (you can see some of them in my portfolio here) and I'm sure that I'll be painting many more. They call to me. Their shapes. Their colors. Their flowers. Their personalities. Maybe that makes me a crazy plant lady. But I'm ok with that.
In September I painted a few tiny houseplant portraits as part of my daily painting project,
but I hadn't painted a full-size houseplant portrait since May. It was about time.
Which plant would catch my eye and be the first of the season's houseplant portraits?
One that has called to me again and again. Because of its dramatic color. Because of its dynamic stems and leaves (its stems literally move throughout the day and the leaves open and close every morning and evening).
Did you guess it?
Oh those purples. I can't resist.
This time I made my purples even deeper than I have in the past. I mixed four of them. Varying tones, bluish, pink, red.
This one might be my favorite yet. I experimented with the pot. Being less precise. Letting the paint bloom and move on its own, instead of trying to reign it in. I like its imperfection and it's something I want to experiment with more in coming paintings.
Although this new oxalis might be my favorite of all my renderings of the plant, I still love the others.
This one in the mint bowl.*
And this one with imaginary butterflies.*
Oh, and in case you're curious and want a glimpse of where my art started, you can see my first oxalis painting here. Sometimes I'm a little embarrassed to think about the fact that all of my early, awkward paintings are still here on this blog. But other times I think that maybe seeing how far I've come will inspire someone to listen to that secret yearning to paint. Maybe that's you?
Just as I stepped out of Black Friday, I'm also not offering any Cyber Monday sales. I do have something special planned for my newsletter subscribers that will be going out this week. If you haven't signed up yet, you can do it here.
Have a wonderful week! I'll be back on Wednesday with what might be my favorite 2x2 Sketchbook spread yet and on Friday I'm hosting an Artist Interview that you won't want to miss!
*(Both are also available as archival prints here and here).