"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Monday, February 6, 2012


My daughter Marilyn gave me a lovely poinsettia at Christmas and it has given me much pleasure ever since. It has been sitting on the coffee table next to the recliner which has been my bed at night and my nest during the day due to the fact that my back has kept me pretty much imobile. I have watched this beautiful flower gradually lose its leaves and decided I had to capture a part of it before it left me entirely.
Last night I drew it on a small piece of watercolor paper and painted it this evening with watercolor pencils. It was approximately 4" x 6" before I cropped it in photoshop, and is painted on 140 lb. Fabriano Artistico cold-pressed watercolor paper. I thought it looked better cropped without so much of the blue background showing. Below is a portion of the real poinsettia.



3 comments:

CrimsonLeaves said...

Truly beautiful, Barb! I'm glad that I'm not the only one who draws one day, paints another. For me, I just plain run out of energy! I so wish you weren't hurting so much. I am glad, however, that you are able to find moments of joy such as this!

Katherine Thomas said...

I love the colors that you used. It's so vibrant and has so much more personality than the photo. It shows the artist's own strength and inner spirit very well I think! Lovely painting!

Barbra Joan said...

Barb, what a nice memory of your daughters gift.