How to keep a poinsettia forever – paint it!

"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful." ~ Norman Vincent Peale.

Watercolour pointsettia

(My first painted poinsettia - Sakura Koi Water Colors Pocket Field Sketch Box on 6" x 9" 140lb. watercolour Bee paper).

Friends came over for drinks on Friday night and brought me a huge potted poinsettia.

The poinsettia adds a pop of colour to my home at this rather dark time of the year; unfortunately, I have never been very good at keeping such a finicky plant alive much past the holiday season. It already had a sad, droopy look yesterday when I examined it more closely before sketching the poinsettia on paper.

With my painted version of one of the bracts, (I am very pleased with my watercolour painting I must say) I have a keepsake of this very thoughtful gift.

And my poinsettia is looking much better this morning after having had a good drink of water.

Cheers everyone!

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