One of the things I love to do in my garden journal is spend a page or a spread – and as much time as it takes to get to really know a plant.
I get fascinated with one or another of my garden delights and then study its parts enough to paint them on a page.
This time, it was my New Guinea Impatiens – an extra beautiful variety called Painted Paradise.
When I was busy with the retreat, I was not deadheading as much as I should have and several stalks that looked like little match sticks caught my attention. I didn’t know if they were coming or going – much like I don’t know if I am, some of the time!
I was afraid to remove them in case they were early buds, so I watched them for awhile, and pretty soon, they got very interesting looking . . .
I searched all five plants in the garden for new flower buds, and finally found a couple. The buds don’t look like this at all – and they even have a curly tail.
So, it was time to start my study page . . . but I needed a prettier leaf.
These gorgeous leaves are the reason for the Painted Paradise name for this variety.
My curiosity got the better of me and I had to cut this seed pod in half to see what it looked like inside.
So, that had to be added to the page . . . and time to add some lettering.
Now, I had to find a blossom and a bud or two to complete the study. This wasn’t easy because we have had our first frost and the plants got a little ragged (they will be moved to the greenhouse now and be protected for the winter).
I added the buds to the page . . .
And then, a blossom . . .
Drawing the flower was super easy. If you want to be convinced that drawing flowers is easy, try my workbook -
You could draw this blossom in no time.
Painting it was a little more challenging – mostly because the Coral color is hard to replicate in watercolor. I had to use three different color washes to get close to the right color, and it’s still not perfect.
And finally, my page was finished . . .
I had to laugh because the only thing handy to hold the page down was my pair of reading glasses, but after I took the shot, I realized that it looked like a page from Lori Vliegen at Elvie Studio. She uses her reading glasses as a signature of sorts. (Find her link in my sidebar under “Favorite Blogs”).
I hope you enjoyed getting to know my Painted Paradise plant as much as I did!
This page was created with pencil, Pitt Pen, Daniel Smith Watercolors in a Stillman & Birn Beta Sketchbook.