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This blog journals my quest of art, whether it is a piece of work that is inherent in nature or one created by artists known or unknown or that I created myself. During this search, I have come to appreciate the magnificence and generosity of God who in his infinite wisdom surrounded us with exquisiteness everyday...everywhere and inspired our human spirit to create beauty that feeds our bodies and souls. Come join me on my journey to find art through my travels and my own creative endeavors. Maraming salamat.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Poinsettia Painting

For the summer, I decided to sign up for a watercolor class on flowers. This is definitely one area where I really need improvement. Somehow, my flowers always come out downright ugly. Unfortunately, the class was cancelled due to low enrollment. I decided to look up the teacher and contacted her to see if I can have private classes with her. We made an appointment to meet and I was to bring my portfolio so she can assess my level of work. She put me to work right away. My first project was a painting of a poinsettia.

My new mentor, Maritza Bermudez, is a Puerto Rican artist who works with watercolors, acrylics and collage. She has lived in the US for many years. She is exhibited in a number of galleries and has received top awards for her work both locally and internationally.

Here is my painting of the poinsettia based on an original by Maritza.

Euphorbia pulcherrima, commonly known as poinsettia, is a species of flowering plant indigenous to Mexico and Central America. The name "poinsettia" is after Joel Roberts Poinsett,[1] the first United States Minister to Mexico,[2] who introduced the plant into the US in 1828. It is also called the Atatürk flower.

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