A Flowering Gift: Anthurium; plus Camellias Old and New

Anthurium 2, ink & watercolor, 5x8"

Anthurium 1, ink & watercolor, 5×8″

My friend Amy gave me the lovely gift of an Anthurium plant. I couldn’t wait to sketch its interesting shapes and colors.

Anthurium 2, ink & watercolor, 5x8"

Anthurium 2, ink & watercolor, 5×8″

I keep it in the studio because my cats eat house plants and then give them back partially digested. The plant held up well during the week and a half I was too sick to go out to the studio. It just wanted a little water and repotting.

Camelia in Blue Bowl, ink & watercolor, 5x8"

Camellia in Blue Bowl, ink & watercolor, 5×8″

I can never remember the name of this large flowering bush in my yard. I have to go through the same stupid chain of thoughts to get to it, always starting with “It’s not a gardenia it’s a….” which always leads to remembering when I moved to New York City at the age of 19 with one suitcase, a few hundred dollars in savings, and lots of dreams.

When I arrived and opened my suitcase, my bottle of (cheap, intense) Jungle Gardenia perfume had spilled all over everything. I still hate the scent of gardenia. Camellias have no scent and are a wonderful vibrant pink color, but are challenging to sketch. I did this large watercolor of a camellia (below) several years ago.

Ruffled Camelia, watercolor on paper, 16x19.5"

Ruffled Camellia, watercolor on paper, 16×19.5″

Seeing my earlier watercolor work makes me want to go back to doing large watercolors. My process was so different when painting rather than sketching with watercolor. I worked slowly and with control, section by section, on very exact drawings or tracings from photos. You can see more of my watercolor flowers on my website JanaBouc.com here.

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About Jana Bouc

I am an artist who loves (and lives) to sketch and paint in watercolor and oils. I teach watercolor classes in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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8 Responses to A Flowering Gift: Anthurium; plus Camellias Old and New

  1. Divad says:

    Just amazing! the last illustration….

  2. Joy Corcoran says:

    Beautiful work. Sorry about the gardenia trauma. The flower smells much better than the perfume. Your watercolor flowers are amazing!

  3. Carol King says:

    I love your Anthurium and laughed about your cat. (Sorry!) I also laughed about getting to NYC with gardenia perfume all over your belongings. (Sorry again!) But I do love your paintings. Amazing to see how different your style can be based on the last painting and the others. I like them all.

    • Jana Bouc says:

      Thanks Carol (and sorry for the late reply). It’s true…my “style” is all over the place. I’m told it’s because I’m a double Gemini and so have multiple personalities??!! Jana

      Sketchblog: JanasJournal.com Website: JanaBouc.com UrbanSketchers-BayArea,blogspot.com

  4. Riv says:

    You are the greatest!!!!!! I am so proud. mom.

    • Jana Bouc says:

      How fun to have such a sweet comment, especially from my sweet mom! Jana

      Sketchblog: JanasJournal.com Website: JanaBouc.com UrbanSketchers-BayArea,blogspot.com

  5. Gayle Dowell says:

    I love painting flowers. Your camillia is absolutely stunning.

    • Jana Bouc says:

      Thank you. I enjoyed seeing your watercolors on your squidoo page and website. Nice work! Your jewelry online stores are really impressive. Has supadupa been a good venue for you? Your jewelry is really beautiful. Jana

      Sketchblog: JanasJournal.com Website: JanaBouc.com UrbanSketchers-BayArea,blogspot.com

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