Afternoon by BarbBarcikKeith


Small (16.4" x 22.8")

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10×14 watercolor on Arches “rough” (cold press) watercolor paper. Original available.

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Gladiolus (from Latin, the diminutive of gladius, a sword) is a genus of flowering plants in the iris family (Iridaceae). Sometimes called the sword lily, the most widely-used English common name for these plants is simply gladiolus (plural gladioli or gladioluses).
Description The genus Gladiolus contains about 260 species, of which 250 are native to sub-Saharan Africa, mostly South Africa. About 10 species are native to Eurasia. There are 160 species of Gladiolus endemic in southern Africa and 76 in tropical Africa. The species vary from very small to the spectacular giant flower spikes in commerce.

These attractive, perennial herbs are semihardy in temperate climates. They grow from rounded, symmetrical corms, that are enveloped in several layers of brownish, fibrous tunics.

Their stems are generally unbranched, producing 1 to 9 narrow, sword-shaped, longitudinal grooved leaves, enclosed in a sheath. The lowest leaf is shortened to a cataphyll. The leaf blades can be plane or cruciform in cross section.

The fragrant flower spikes are large and one-sided, with secund, bisexual flowers, each subtended by 2 leathery, green bracts. The sepals and the petals are almost identical in appearance, and are termed tepals. They are united at their base into a tube-shaped structure. The dorsal tepal is the largest, arching over the three stamens. The outer three tepals are narrower. The perianth is funnel-shaped, with the stamens attached to its base. The style has three filiform, spoon-shaped branches, each expanding towards the apex. (information from Wikipedia)

  • Complete 04-09-2008 in 10.04 hours spread over 5 days


bbk02200, floral, flower, gladiolas, green, nature, watercolor

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  • cheetaah
    cheetaahover 6 years ago

    oh This is lovely bright lovely choice of color, and the ladybug…. it’s beautiful.

  • juliex
    juliexover 6 years ago

    Love it so vibrant

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 6 years ago


  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 6 years ago

    Wow this and the daylilly are excellent. Love the color in this one, but enjoyed the fine detail in the other.

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaover 6 years ago

    Awesome work!

  • firstglance
    firstglanceover 6 years ago

    love the color and the ladybug just sets it off the hook beautiful

  • Brian Towers
    Brian Towersover 6 years ago

    Sorry, but I’ve run out of ways to tell how wonderful your work is Barbara. Incidently, your ladybug is our ladybird – it’s still just as cute though.

  • pat oubridge
    pat oubridgeover 6 years ago

    Absolutely breathtaking Barb…..

  • JoanIreland1970
    JoanIreland1970over 6 years ago


  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaover 6 years ago

    outstandingly beautiful. All the colours are so complementary to one another. Awesome Barbara!

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