Acrylic on Gesso primed un-stretched acid-free canvas – 9″ × 12″
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
- Marcel Proust
A new experiment for me – using acrylic paints and doing a subject that is not true to life. I mean, really, Orange Arums?! What next?! Normally for me, as here, once I apply a back-ground, that normally sets the tone for the rest of the colour palette. And it seemed a natural progression of incorporating orange as the contrast to the yellow back-ground.
All species of Arums (or Zantedeschia) are endemic to southern Africa. Z. aethiopica grows naturally in marshy areas and is only deciduous when water becomes scarce. It grows continuously when watered and fed regularly and can survive periods of minor frosts.
The Zantedeschia species are poisonous due to the presence of calcium oxalate. All parts of the plant are toxic, and produce irritation and swelling of the mouth and throat, acute vomiting and diarrhea. A beautiful flower carrying a deadly secret!