Tag: flower of the month

The Medieval Amaryllis

This month’s illustration is a spectacular winter bulb grown indoors for the holidays and winter. As beautiful as these blooms are, when reading up on them, I found the origin of its genus name (hippeastrum) even more interesting. The naming is not definitive, but it’s believed to be named hippeastrum (Greek for “horseman’s star”) because […]

Stinky Swamp Cabbage

My November’s Illustration These hooded flowers have the creep factor nailed from looks to smell. They are this month’s featured illustration. Symplocarpus foetidus is known by many names: Skunk Cabbage, Clumpfoot Cabbage, Meadow Cabbage, Polecat Weed, and Swamp Cabbage. It is a stinky, smelly plant that grows in the wetlands in North America and parts […]

Holy Flower, Batman

My October flower illustration. It’s a bat flower! The Tacca chantrieri’s common name comes from the fact it looks like a bat’s face or a bat in flight. Coloring varies from maroon to brown to black, but there is also a white species. The flowers have long whiskers trailing downward from the center. That doesn’t seem bat-like […]

Parrots in September

My illustration for September is the Parrot Tulip. This was by far the most time consuming flower I’ve created to date. The petals are all twisty, crazy with color, and feathered on the ends. Regular tulips have an elegant beauty. They are statuesque, crisp, and precise. They are almost unreal. In Southern California, the only […]

Illustrating the Lotus

I digitally illustrate using a tablet and a stylus. It’s like an electronic canvas and pen. This allows me to use the same drawing technique I use with regular pencils and paper. I start the same way ─ with a sketch. The difference is that I create my sketch on one layer and my art […]

The Lovely Lotus for August

The lotus, also known as the Indian Lotus, the Sacred Lotus, and the Bean of India, is an aquatic perennial. It is not a waterlily. The lotus has a distinctive center seed pod structure. It reminds me of a platform raised above the flower and ready for some type of performance. The waterlily does not […]

Growing Shrimp

My July illustration is the Shrimp Plant. Where I grew up these fascinating plants flourished in the front yard. They really do look like the plant has little shrimps all over it. Justicia brandegeeana, commonly known as the shrimp plant and the Mexican shrimp plant, is native to Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras. The flowers are […]

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