Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Planting Fields Arboretum Return - Part II & IFJM Begins!

In addition to the scenes that I did at the arboretum of all the tropical foliage clustered together, I also did two individual flowers. This first one caught my eye because of the long curvy stem and the bright flower on the end. I didn't know what kind it was and ended up almost crawling underneath the  plants to find the stick in the pot that identified it. It is a costus zingiberacea and is also known as the "French Kiss."

While I was painting it two young girls about 7 and 9 years old came over and asked if they could watch. They were so polite and sweet. We talked about all the flowers and which ones were their favorites. They wanted to know if I painted all of my favorites and I laughted and told them I would have to be there painting for a long time. They didn't know about the stamps so when I told them, grandpa went and got them a booklet to fill. I love when little kids are so interested to see people painting. They will usually come right over but the adults worry about disturbing you while you're working. I don't mind, and I tell the adults that.

I also painted one of the cymbidium orchids. I loved the color of this one.

And now...ta dah...drum roll please. Here is the link to my IFJ blog called "Floral Fantasy." Please visit and leave a comment if you have the time.


  1. Wonderful colour used here Joan, Happy Easter

  2. They are so exotic, both so beautiful! Great work Joan!

  3. Happy Easter, Lorraine...thanks!

    Celia, thanks so much!

  4. I was always too shy to approach strangers but would have loved to be welcomed as you did these two girls. Love that Grandpa was with them and wanted them to have fun with the stamps. These pages are lovely and you've captured some spring light! Now to check out the other blog...

  5. Thanks, Sherry! It always amazes me that kids don't hesitate to come over and look and talk. Having been an elementary school teacher I know how kids love to interact...and often really need to.

  6. Lovely paintings of these flowers Joan. How sweet that the kids talked to you, perhaps you have inspired them into art now.