Poinsettia

2016-12-23-poinsettiaThe poinsettia is a commercially important plant species of the diverse spurge family. The species is indigenous to Mexico. It is particularly well known for its red and green foliage and is widely used in Christmas floral displays. It derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett, the first United States Minister to Mexico, who introduced the plant to the US in 1825. Holbein and Daniel Smith watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook. Merry Christmas.

 

Christmas Card Studies

Christmas Card Studies for 2016. Quick pencil sketches in a Stillman and Birn sketchbook. I was going to select the bottom left and print the cards and then add watercolor by hand. Change of direction when Staples cannot print onto the watercolor cards. Time to re-think.

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Holly

With the last of the fall leaves, comes the change of season over to winter and the thoughts of Christmas. We have 6-8 natural Holly Trees in our yard that were here when we built our house. The largest is probably 30′ tall. This one must be a male in that it does not produce berries. Pilot Falcon fountain pen with Noodler’s Bulletproof black ink, Holbein watercolors and a background wash of Mont Blanc black ink.

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Flowering Pear Leaves

Our last tree to realize that it is Autumn. The leaves on the Flowering Pear Tree are just turning now after almost all of the other trees have lost their leaves and are ready for winter. These leaves still have some of the of the green and are turning yellow with some red highlights. Holbein watercolors in a Stillman and Birn Beta sketchbook.

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