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A Flowering Gift: Anthurium; plus Camellias Old and New

Anthurium 2, ink & watercolor, 5x8"
Anthurium 1, ink & watercolor, 5×8″

My friend Amy gave me the lovely gift of an Anthurium plant. I couldn’t wait to sketch its interesting shapes and colors.

Anthurium 2, ink & watercolor, 5x8"
Anthurium 2, ink & watercolor, 5×8″

I keep it in the studio because my cats eat house plants and then give them back partially digested. The plant held up well during the week and a half I was too sick to go out to the studio. It just wanted a little water and repotting.

Camelia in Blue Bowl, ink & watercolor, 5x8"
Camellia in Blue Bowl, ink & watercolor, 5×8″

I can never remember the name of this large flowering bush in my yard. I have to go through the same stupid chain of thoughts to get to it, always starting with “It’s not a gardenia it’s a….” which always leads to remembering when I moved to New York City at the age of 19 with one suitcase, a few hundred dollars in savings, and lots of dreams.

When I arrived and opened my suitcase, my bottle of (cheap, intense) Jungle Gardenia perfume had spilled all over everything. I still hate the scent of gardenia. Camellias have no scent and are a wonderful vibrant pink color, but are challenging to sketch. I did this large watercolor of a camellia (below) several years ago.

Ruffled Camelia, watercolor on paper, 16x19.5"
Ruffled Camellia, watercolor on paper, 16×19.5″

Seeing my earlier watercolor work makes me want to go back to doing large watercolors. My process was so different when painting rather than sketching with watercolor. I worked slowly and with control, section by section, on very exact drawings or tracings from photos. You can see more of my watercolor flowers on my website here.