Tropical Bouqet

Tropical FowersHeliconias,gingers and antheriums bring beautiful splashes of colour to the tropical garden.  You will see these around Cairns and  in the Botanical Gardens which always have a diverse and colorful display of each of these species.

 

The Beehives

The Beehive Ginger is a tropical clumping plant which I have  painted the foliage blue and exaggerated the flower ridges with a modelling compound which is applied with a small brush sculpturing each protrusion.  This method gives the flowers a realistic 3 dimensional appearance and when displayed with down lights each protrusion creates a shadow which is highly effective.  If you like this style of painting be sure to check out ‘The Blue Garden” diptych pair and ‘The Croton’.