Keep a poinsettia forever by painting it.

This post was first published in 2016.  

“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). I love this paper for watercolour.

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 time of the year; unfortunately, I have never been very good at keeping finicky plants alive. I have painted orchids and written about the challenges of keeping any house plant alive other than a Christmas cactus or spider plant.

It already had a sad, droopy look yesterday when I examined it more closely before sketching the potted plant on paper.

This painted poinsettia is softer looking and I like that.

It reminds me of the atmosphere created in a room where the lights are dimmed and only the Christmas tree lights create a magical mood in the room.

With my painted version of one of the bracts, I have a keepsake of this very thoughtful gift. I am very happy with my watercolour painting, and I don’t often say that.

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

Cheers everyone!

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