Christmas Art Countdown – Day 17

I love poinsettias at this time of year. I started out with the red until I found other varieties like the splashed white, and the pale red ones. Several years ago I discovered the pink ones. There were so many different versions of the pink ones, too. The “hotter” the pink, the better.

Last year, we had just moved to Florida and I couldn’t find the pink ones anywhere. Everywhere I went, there were red poinsettias. No pink. I missed my pink poinsettias. It was tough to keep them healthy as indoor plants when we lived up North. They would get buggy eventually so all my pink ones from 2018 died and I wasn’t able to bring any with us. We have three red ones left over from last year and they are just getting ready to flip over from green to red. I think we got these at Lowe’s and they were considered “garden” poinsettias. It’s definitely different to experience Christmas in Florida!

2020, although a tough year, did have some bright spots. My husband found pink poinsettias at Home Depot, of all places! And they are PINK! He brought home a couple as a surprise. I was so excited, we ran to get a few more. I gave one to the elderly lady down the street who was diagnosed with cancer this year. Because of the pandemic, we couldn’t do the things we would have normally done like baked something or paid her a few visits, the most we are able to do is say “hi” from the bottom of her driveway. I have been wanting to get her a bouquet or something and the pink poinsettia seemed to be just what was needed. She loves it.

Home Depot had quite a few stunners and we have them around the lanai, pool and two in the entry way. This one is on the table near the pool. I could have picked many different ways to interpret the prompt “poinsettia” but this gave me the excuse I needed to immortalize one of them and do it the old fashioned way, with a sketch.

Enjoy!

Paisley project

I am taking a portfolio building class that I actually signed up for the end of last year… it runs from March to June…May’s assignment was to create a square shaped paisley design.

I started this project in several steps and I approached using Zentangle patterns. I really enjoy doing Zentangle shapes. They are very relaxing.

Then I tried a Carla Sonheim technique to come up with a design for the square (those bits and pieces of color are actually collage pieces:

And I added color.

Then I pulled it into Procreate and played with it some more. I spent a lot of time in the Procreate phase. I added more paisleys and tweaked the color and this is my final piece.