Watercolour Plant Studies

zebrina pendula potted plantI’m in love with this Zebrina Pendula, sometimes referred to as “Wandering Jew”. It’s iridescent leaves can play tricks on your eyes: in the morning’s full sun they’re bright fuschia and as my room gets darker, a deep royal purple sets in.

Look from above, and the tops of the leaves are a dusty green with faded stripes. These unique leaves add a punch of colour to the otherwise green line up of plant species sitting on my sill.

But besides a pretty face , I’ve found Zebrina Pendula to be one of the easiest plants to propagate. Just cut off a piece, stick it in soil and within a couple days, roots will take form. This entire plant came from two tiny cuttings my friend Celeste had given me. (Celeste’s a fellow green thumb/illustrator/textile designer who recently moved back to Australia, and in doing so, had to find homes for all of her plant babies.)

Below I’ve included some watercolour studies I made from different houseplants around my apartment. Jade (pictured below right), like the Zebrina, also has a reddish underside to it’s leaf. It was fun to work with a brush for a change. Watercolour allows me to transition from one colour to the next with ease. I have yet to find a way to replicate this in my paper collage, but I’m definitely working on it.

zebrina pendula jade watercolour houseplantsThe succulent blooms I painted below are from a photo reference. Some day I hope to own an assortment like this, especially the lime-coloured one with the fiery tips!

succulent blooms Ashley Barron watercolour


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