Mothers Day Fuchsias, ink & watercolor

Mothers Day Fuchsias, ink & watercolor

I had a lovely Mothers Day yesterday. After spending a cozy, rainy day in the studio painting, Robin  arrived to chauffer me to Cody’s house for dinner carrying a beautiful fuchsia plant as a gift. Attached to the plant was a tag proclaiming, “Buy once, use twice!” This seemed an odd bit of marketing since I generally expect things I buy to be usable multiple times, not just twice. It also made me wonder how you “use” a plant.

Upon reading further I learned they simply meant it could be enjoyed as a house plant first and then planted in the garden later. Wrapped in festive fuchsia colored cellophane it does cheer up a room. But since my cats try to eat bouquets and houseplants I will probably plant these in the garden soon.

Many of my garden plants were gifts and I always think of the people who gave them to me when I see them in the garden. And they all were “Buy once, Use twice” items too since they got sketched and planted.

The bowl of succulents in my dining room were a gift from my sister.

Succulent Garden in a Bowl, watercolor 9x6"

The penstemon in my backyard was a housewarming gift from Barbara and the rubber tree in my side yard came from Robin.

Rubber Tree

Rubber Tree

The azalea in the front yard was a birthday gift from my next door neighbors.

Front yard flowers, ink & watercolor

Front yard flowers, ink & watercolor

The Japanese maple tree by my front door was a gift from my coworkers in honor of my father’s death nearly 10 years ago.

Japanese Maple leaves, ink & watercolor

Japanese Maple leaves, ink & watercolor

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  1. Painting each gift plant or shrub is such a nice way to celebrate those who gave them to you! Thanks for the inspiration once again!

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  2. Yep, you get multiple uses from your plants, but you should also count sharing them on your blog with us, too. You’ve got some great memories in these wonderful plants!

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  3. Sweet plant memories! The fuschias are gorgeous, the colors wonderfully intense.

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  4. I agree…Thank you, Jana, for sharing these gifts with us. They are they are perfect ways to celebrate friendship and family.
    annie

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  5. I always have a special love for my plants that have a personal memory. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    • Until I wrote that post I hadn’t even realized how my plants held such special memories. Plants are great gifts, even if they mean the giftee will have to do a little work to keep them going. Jana

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  6. Hey, Thanks for your comment on my works. I can only view your older posts… the new ones don’t seem to have a body… probably something wrong. The others that I could see were surely good.
    Excellent works!!!

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  7. Well, an artist can get more than two uses from gifts – as you have done with the lovely paintings of the plants. Mothers Day for me is double-edged as it reminds me of the marvellous days when we had three gorgeous little boys, but then the loss of Rob when he was thirty always brings a sharp sword. Also, most cards are too sweet and soft because mothers are more like tigers at times clawing for the safety of the children.
    Wendy

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    • Oh Wendy I’m so sorry to here that you lost a child, and it hits home even harder since I have a son named Rob too. I imagine you become even more the tigress mother after that. Jana

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  8. You got plenty of use out of your gift plants, including sharing your gorgeous paintings with us! The fuchsias are really lovely.

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  9. Watercolor sketches are such a great way to record small memories and momentoes. Yours are wonderful and I love the deep magenta of the fuschia.

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