Purple Datura Flower in the National Botanical Garden
Gouache and Watercolor on Watercolor Board
4" x 5 3/4" $80.00 go to eBay
That was all I could think when I saw this
spectacular Datura. It was about seven
inches long, with a trumpet-like opening
(I'm sure you'll eventually see a painting
of that also...) that was about 4" in diameter.
I was a little embarassed, because I was so
transfixed by the beauty of this plant that I
couldn't move for a few minutes. I had to keep
staring at it; got fifteen pictures of it,
from every angle that I could.
This is a very sketchy picture, and, except for
the color, I hardly feel that I did it justice -
except I have to say I do like the looseness
of the composition. There were so many other
types of vegetation around it - other smaller
orchids, types of leaves and grasses - it would
be very daunting to paint all in detail. One has
to be in the mood. And frankly, sometimes I
am. But not today.