Colocasia Esculenta - or Blue Hawaii. Another name for these tropical foliage wonders are elephant ears because of their large size and shape. These leaves are truly spectacular for their lush green colour and magnificent size. What a pleasure to paint them !
Their edges and veins are typically a bluish, burgundy or cranberry purple colour and the leaves point down to the ground. native to tropical East Asian countries.
I love the translucent large leaves, perfect for watercolour layers and washes. I used a variety of yellow and green shades for the different leaves and used light blue and purple /burgundy colour for some parts of the edges and veins. I am really quite happy with the outcome colour combintations.
This painting original is now for sale 29x42cm unframed.
We have a large Frangipani tree in our front garden and you always know that Summer is well and truly here when these beautiful flowers start blooming to make you feel like you could possibly be living in a tropical region of the world. Their proper scientific name is Plumeria and these flowering shrubs are native to Central America, Mexico, The Caribbean and South America. They can be grown in any tropical or sub tropical region. The common name Frangipani comes from the sixteenth Century when an Italian Marquee invented a Plumeria scented perfume and named it "Frangipani". The flowers are most fragrant at night to lure moths to pollinate them.
Frangipani flowers are popular in Pacific Island nations and in Polynesian cultures for making leis. Also the flower can be worn by women to indicate their marital status.
My paintings of the Frangipani flowers were all painted quite a few years ago now. They are one of my favourite flowers, so I really enjoyed painting their simple form . The macro style Frangipani on the left was painted for a friend's birthday present and the other two originals sold very quickly, as these are very well known and popular flowers. They are all available for sale as prints, just click on the pictures and it will take you to the link.
Below is Georgia O'Keeffe's "Hibiscus and Plumeria" 1930 painting. This was the only painting of Frangipani that I could find of hers.
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.