Monday, 30 November 2009

More Milkweed


As promised, here is another drawing in my milkweed series.

This particular variety is one of my favourites. A number of milkweed species have the intricate "flowers" you see in the drawing, but in this version, the colours are so beautiful. One of the common names for this variety is "Scarlet Milkweed". In the Caribbean, it is often known as "Red Head" and in Central and South America it is known as "Mexican Butterfly Weed" and "Bloodflower". The plant originated in southern American areas of the planet.

I need to correct a mistake I made in Saturday's posting regarding the milkweed plants. I said that the Family name for these plants is Asclepiadoideae when, in fact, that is the name of the Subfamily (a change was made a few years ago). The Family name is Apocynaceae. The Genus is Asclepias and the proper name of this particular plant is Asclepias curassavica.

Like all milkweed varieties, the Scarlet Milkweed is a source of food for butterflies -- especially Monarchs. As is true for all milkweed varieties, the sap can severely irritate the skin and can also make you very sick when ingested. That is why, as you may recall, you must prepare the edible parts of the plant in such a way as to remove the sap. Once that is done, what remains makes a very tasty vegetable.



Here is what the drawing looks like when I used the special effects I was showing you in the previous posting. I only got one comment about the technique and that was positive -- so I decided to try it again with this drawing. I am not sure I like it as well as the previous one. Of course, the problem with this technique is that it changes the drawing sufficiently so that you cannot really identify the plant -- but that is not necessarily a major concern for an artist, I guess.

I received my draft copy of my book on the Stations of the Cross icons today. It looks pretty good although I see a couple of things that need changing right away. Plus, I want to get someone else to proofread the text before I say that it is finished. I will let you know when it is ready to be sold.

Peace be with you.

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Milkweed Fancy


Tonight I am beginning a new series of drawings of the various species of Milkweed.

I have always been fond of our Canadian milkweed plants that grow so profusely each summer throughout southern and central Ontario. I know they can sometimes be irritating to farmers because they quickly cover any unused land, but the butterflies love them and parts of them are also good to eat!

That's right -- even though the sticky sap is somewhat poisonous, the Native peoples taught the early settlers how to prepare the shoots and the young flowers. You start them off in boiling water and bring the water back to a rolling boil, pouring off the water. Do this a couple of times and you will soon have a sweet tasting vegetable. The important thing is not to do anything that will cause the bitter sap to remain. I know all this because I used to cook Milkweed during the summers I spent in Renfrew County learning how to eat wild plants -- among other things.

Now, back to the drawing above. It is Calotropis procera or Giant Milkweed. It has a number of common names. One of my favourites comes from Jamaica where it is called "Duppy Cho-Cho". Evidently, Jamaican children used to be warned not to stand under or too close to Duppy Cho-Cho plants at night as they ran the risk of being slapped in the face by the resident Duppy! If this happened, their faces could remain forever twisted by the blow.

These plants, which can grow to six feet tall, are members of the Family, Asclepiadaceae. They are native to Africa and Asia. In the middle east, they are known as Apples of Sodom as they are found growing in the region of the Dead Sea. In my drawing you will notice that there is a large globe-like fruit -- which is the so-called "apple" of the giant milkweed plant. This fruit was alluded to in John Milton's Paradise Lost as the fruit which Satan and his cohorts ate. It is not edible as it is filled only with seeds plus the flesh is poisonous. As the fruit ripens, it eventually splits and releases drifts of small, brown seeds each equipped with a silky parachute. Milkweed of every variety is skillfully adept at getting those seeds out there!

Now to another topic... I was given some new software. It was included as part of a package I purchased for cleaning files on my computer. This new software contains some features that you can use for creating special effects with your photographs. I decided to try using it on tonight's drawing. The result is below.



I find the special effects very interesting. It is almost like creating a new drawing. I would enjoy getting your feedback on it.

I will be showing you more varieties of Milkweed in the days ahead. I hope you enjoy them all.

Peace be with you.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Another Guardian




It has been a while since I have posted an icon of any sort. However, recently I was feeling very much in need of remembering my guardian angel. So when I came across the image of one that really appealed to me, I decided to spend some time drawing my own version of it.

I must admit that I far too seldom remember my guardian angel or pray the prayer that I learned so many years ago: "Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here; ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule, to guide." So drawing icons of guardian angels is a very good way for me to be reminded of how blessed I am, how blessed we all are, to have been given a guardian angel at conception.

This icon shows the angel holding an eastern/orthodox cross in the right hand while the left hand rests on the handle of a sword. Our angels seek to lead us to God and also to fight on our behalf against all that is evil when we allow them to do so. They come from God and so, like God, will never force us to accept their help.
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Today is Thanksgiving day in the U.S. I have received several "Happy Thanksgiving Day" greetings from my American friends and family members. It doesn't matter how often I tell them, they can't seem to remember that our Thanksgiving is in October! Not that it really matters all that much -- it is good to get reminders to be thankful no matter what is going on!

I am feeling really tired tonight as I had to get up very early this morning to meet a friend for coffee. I found myself falling asleep while trying to watch the evening news earlier. I hope I didn't miss anything too important. I did hear that we may have some snow flurries at the beginning of next week! Well, it will be the first days of December after all. Wow, this year has really just flown past!

May peace be with you all.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Daipensia and Chimayo


Well, here I am back on schedule again. I did not forget this time!

The drawing I have posted is of a rather unusual plant that is native to Canada. It is what is known as a "circumboreal arctic-alpine" species which grows on exposed rocky ridges that are kept free from snow by high winds.

The plant is known as "Daipensia lapponica". The subspecies "lapponica" is native to eastern North America, Greenland, Scotland, Scandinavia and western Arctic-Russia. There is another subspecies known as "obovata" which is native to eastern Arctic-Russia, Korea, Japan, Alaska and the Yukon.

The Family name for these two is Diapensiaceae and there are only these two members of the Family: D. lapponica and D. obovata.

As you can see from the drawing, the plant is a small, cushion-forming, evergreen, perennial shrub. It has oval, blunt, leathery, toothless leaves arranged in rosettes. Supposedly, it produces some kind of growth rings which indicate that in Canada, the plants can live to be over 100 years old. Now, that is an old plant!



The fuzzy looking image above (with a bit of my hand showing) is of a cross I received in yesterday's mail. It is a traditional "Chimayo" cross from New Mexico. And as is always true of a Chimayo cross, it has been cut from a rusted tin roof and has three pieces of turquoise at the centre (they stand for the Trinity).

The rusted tin is supposed to have come from the roof which covered the original church at the shrine of Chimayo, New Mexico -- the roof was replaced in 1922 -- so the back of the cross reads: "Chimayo NM 1922"

The story of Chimayo is that a beautiful crucifix was found while a poor man was digging a hole in the dusty village of Chimayo back in the 1800's. The villagers placed the crucifix in their tiny chapel but when the church officials saw how beautiful it was, they decided it should be in the cathedral in Santa Fe. After it was placed in the cathedral, it soon went missing and was eventually found back at the chapel in Chimayo. Several more attempts were made to remove the crucifix from the chapel, but even with guards on duty, the crucifix kept mysteriously returning to Chimayo.

Next the people discovered that the sandy earth where the crucifix had been buried had curative powers. As the cures increased, more and more pilgrims began to visit the shrine. By this point, they had discovered that eating some of the earth caused it to have the most effect so the chapel was expanded into a church which included the "dirt room".

The shrine is still very popular with cures continuing to occur inexplicably. It is now a proper shrine church and no longer has a tin roof. It has been called the Lourdes of North America and is very popular with Spanish-speaking Americans.

As to whether the cross I got actually being made from that original tin roof, it is highly questionable, but it is as authentic as one can get with these things. I also managed to get a bit of earth from the sacred hole but I have no intention of trying to eat it at this particular time. If my pain ever gets as bad again as it was 8 years ago, however, I wouldn't be adverse to trying anything to get it to stop -- even eating a bit of New Mexico dirt!!

May peace be with you all.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

More Heliconia


I apologize to anyone who was looking for a new posting from me yesterday, but my life got all confused on Saturday with a marriage preparation class in the morning and a visit in the afternoon -- well, the truth is, I ended up forgetting about it until I was climbing into bed! So, I will post this early today and then continue to post every other day from today as usual.

As you can see above, I have posted another drawing of a variety of Heliconia. I really like these plants as they are so colourful and so interesting in the unusual ways they have devised for protecting their flowers.

This variety is called Heliconia wagneriana torbo (I am not sure how the "torbo" got in there as this plant looks just like all the other "wagnerianas" to me). Anyway, as you may recall, the Family is Heliconiaceae and the Genus is Heliconia.

There are between 100 to 200 species of Heliconia which are native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia. All of the plants have various kinds of waxy bracts with small, true flowers peeping out from the bracts. This is the part of the plant that intrigues me the most. I am sure you will be seeing a few more Heliconias in the future!

This posting is going to be a bit short as I am just getting ready to go out again to celebrate a friend's feast day (besides being Chirst the King, it is also the traditional feast day of St. Cecilia).

May peace be with you all.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Coreopsis on the Beach


Well, fortunately, the Blogger software is working properly tonight so I was able to upload my images with ease!

This first drawing is of a hybrid called "Autumn Blush". It is a hybrid species properly named Coreopsis 'Autumn Blush'. The Genus is Coreopsis of the Family Asteraceae. Its common name is tickseed Autumn Blush or tickseed Coreopsis or Threadleaf (you can see that it has narrow leaves).

The reason it is called 'Autumn Blush' stems (no pun intended) from the fact that in the cooler days of fall, the daisy-like petals take on a warm rosy hue.

So, that explains the first part of tonight's title; however what about "the beach" -- what is that all about?




Well, here is the beach.

I did the drawing because the tree intrigued me so much. It looks to me like some sort of pre-historic creature got trapped in the trunk. Then after I had drawn the tree, I decided to add a beach chair so I could more easily pretend that I was sitting there looking out at the ocean.

My name for this drawing is "Tree on Caribbean Beach". If I should suddenly fail to post my blogs regularly, then you might assume that I have found a way into my own drawing and am sitting on the beach with miz k.d.

Speaking of miz k.d., she has a problem -- she is limping badly. I have a call into the vet for a home visit so I can see if it is anything really serious. The problem with cats is that they won't let you know even if they are in serious pain -- so I want it checked out right away.

May peace be with us all.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

What is it?



I have been trying for the past hour to upload this drawing -- Google/Blogger had a problem so I just had to wait them out!
Anyway, I finally made it.

So, let me tell you about this sweet smelling flower. Its common name is "Rangoon Creeper" and it originated in southeast Asia. Now it is found in many parts of the world --I noticed that in Jamaica the common name is "Rice and Peas". That famous dish is made from rice and red beans -- the same colours as the flowers in the drawing. Supposedly these blooms emerge white but soon darken to pink and then to red.

The Family name is Combretaceae; the Genus is Quisqualis; the Species is Q. indica. The genus "Quisqualis" is Latin for "What is this?" which is the title of this posting. These Latin names look so impressive and unpronounceable and now we find out that someone named a plant "what is it?" I think that is pretty funny.

This is a very interesting plant which is largely used for traditional medicine. Decoctions of the root, seed or fruit can be used for alleviating diarrhea. People with sore throats can gargle with a decoction made from the fruit. The fruit is also used to combat nephritis. The leaves can be used to relieve pain caused by fever. The roots are used to treat rheumatism.

It is interesting how plants have always been used to treat ailments and then scientists eventually discover that the plants actually contain chemicals they have been trying to make in the laboratory!

I just discovered tonight how much information about me is now on the Internet. I mean, I know that nothing is hidden on the wild world of the Internet, but it is a bit of a shock the first time you are actually confronted by it. Thankfully, there are many other women named Sallie Thayer out there and one who is even an artist and has a web site called "salliesart.com". But still when you see your name, phone number, email and even some of the charitable contributions you have made right there for everyone to see, it is rather breathtaking.

Well, may peace be with us all.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Crown of Thorns


Tonight's first drawing is of a plant commonly known as the "Crown of Thorns" plant. Look closely at the right hand side of the drawing and you will see why!

This plant is a woody, spiny, climbing succulent shrub with shoots reaching a height of six feet. One very interesting things about this plant is that the flowers are those tiny things growing in the centre of the colourful pink "petals" which are actually modified leaves or bracts.

The Family name for this plant is Euphorbiaceae; the Genus is Euphorbia; the species is E. milii. The Euphoria part of the name comes from the name of a Greek physician, Euphorbus. He lived in Numidia (present day Algeria) during the time of Christ.

Speaking of Christ, this plant is also know as the "Christ Plant". Tradition has it that this plant was used to make the crown of thorns with which the Roman soldiers are said to have crowned Christ Jesus. Although the plant originated in Madagascar, there is substantial evidence that the species had been brought to the Middle East before the time of Christ. The plants send out thorny stems which are very pliable and could easily have been intertwined into a circle.

If you should come across this plant remember that the sap can cause severe dermatitis on the skin of those who are suspectible and it is poisonous when ingested.




You may recall that on Friday I said that there are actually between 100 to 200 species of Heliconia, and that I was presently working on another, quite different-looking, Heliconia drawing. Well, this is it.

This one is called Heliconia latispatha with the common name of "False bird of paradise." This plant has a very interesting feature which you can see if you look carefully at the drawing: some of the leaves appear to be growing out of the "flowers"! The more I learn about God's creation, the more in awe I am.

Well, Santa came to Toronto today. One of the oldest children's parades in North America made its way through the streets of Toronto once again, ending up almost at my front door! I asked miz k.d. if she would like to attend, but once again she declined. Just 40 more days before the priest places the Christ Child in the creche at midnight Mass. How did the year pass so quickly?

May peace be with you all.

Friday, 13 November 2009

Heliconia or Helliconia?


Heliconia or Helliconia? I am sure that most of you really don't care which I use so long as I explain what I am talking about!

Well, the drawing above is of a plant called Heliconia -- I will use the "one L" version since it seems to have the most "votes" in the literature. As for the name I have given the drawing, I am going to call it by one of the plant's nicknames which I really like: "lobster-claws".

The Family name is Heliconiaceae; the Genus is Heliconia; the Species is Heliconia pendula. The "pendula" part of the species name is where we get another common name for the plant of "Hanging Heliconia".

There are actually between 100 to 200 species of Heliconia. In fact, I am presently working on another, quite different-looking, Heliconia drawing. I really like Heliconia pendula though as it is so striking with it bright colours, big leaves and large bracts.

Heliconia is named after Mount Helicon, the seat of the Muses, the nine goddesses of the arts and sciences in Greek mythology. The plants are native to the tropical Americas and the Pacific Ocean islands west to Indonesia. In fact, some of you may have even seen the plant during your holiday travels to the Caribbean.

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I had a very interesting day during which I was back in a classroom again after all these years -- but as a student, not a teacher! I was busy learning some new software which runs on Safari, an Apple platform which also can work in a PC.

I am participating in an Asthma Study through St. Michael's Hospital during which 8 asthma patients (including me) and 8 health care professionals who treat asthma patients are going to be designing a form for use by family doctors and specialists who treat asthma patients. I find the whole prospect very exciting.

Our group is the last of three groups to have worked on this project. After our submission, then the professionals will probably finish things off as they see best -- but we will have had our input and that is important to me. Hopefully, we can make a real difference in the way asthma patients are taught to take care of themselves.

I hope you had a happy Friday the 13th and that any black cats that may have crossed your path were friendly!

May peace be with you all.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Showy Lady's Slipper


I hope you all spent some moments today being aware of the great sacrifice made by so many who have tried and are trying to bring about peace. At 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month we stop and remember. "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me".

So, are you ready for tonight's botany lesson? Well, ready or not, here it comes.

The drawing above is of a flowering plant called "Showy Lady's Slipper". It's proper name is Cypripedium reginae. The Family name is Orchidaceae with a Subfamily name of Cypripedioideae. The Genus is Cypripedium and the Species is C. reginae.

This flower is also known as the Pink-and-white Lady's Slipper or the Queen's Lady Slipper. It is a rare terrestrial temperate orchid found in northern North America! You can tell that it is an orchid from the Family name of Orchidaceae.

The plant has probably always been rare due to its method of reproduction, but has become increasingly rare these days due to habitat loss and unscrupulous collectors. In most places where it grows it is a protected plant. Prince Edward Island, for example, made it their provincial flower in 1947, but it was so rare on the Island that they changed to another flower of the same family. The only province or U.S. state to rank this plant as secure is Ontario! That seems very strange since we have so much wetland draining and habitat destruction.

You will notice that in my drawing the "slipper" is more of a purple pink. The shade of the"slipper" varies from pinker pink to purple pink.




Next I want to show you a drawing I did of Betelhem, my newest foster child. Isn't she lovely? I just couldn't wait to try to draw her face once I saw her photograph. I haven't written to her yet, but plan to do so this weekend.

Her father is a subsistence farmer and her mother is self-employed, but that barely brings in enough for the family to live on. I do not yet know how many brothers or sisters she has. I will let you know more about her when I receive her first letter.

I am so happy -- I have five foster children now. They are all girls and they are all doing well in school. Isn't that fantastic? This is such a blessed way for single people to assist with the rearing of children. God is so good.

May peace be with you all.

Monday, 9 November 2009

Another Cactus Plant



I have another cactus drawing to show you. Drawing cacti is actually quite challenging as they require so much detail combined with the need to try to depict cactus needles with some measure of reality. I enjoy drawing them and so decided to try to draw Rebutia pygmaea. I am calling it "Pygmy" for short.

The Family name for this small cactus is Cactaceae; while Rebutia pygmaea is the scientific name. The Genus is Rebutia and comes from the name of a 19th century French cactus dealer and expert by the name of Monsieur P. Rebut.

This plant is native to the eastern side of the Andes in Bolivia and northern Argentina. I am not sure why just the eastern side, but that is what the botanists say!
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I have had a very busy day because my sister
and her husband, from Tennessee, came to visit me today! They got here in time for us to go out for lunch where we loitered until 3 p.m. and then after visiting for a few more hours, they left to go back home!

I know this sounds strange, but since they have a parents' pass (their daughter works for an airline), they can fly up here in the morning and then return home in the evening at very little cost. They have done this on a number of occasions in the past and while I would enjoy having them stay longer, this seems to work well for them.

Now I need to get a few chores done before making it an early night. It has been a wonderful but tiring day and I am very grateful to God.

Peace be with you all.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Bethlehem


On Our Lady's Saturday (as I have mentioned previously, Catholics have a long tradition of honouring Our Lady on Saturdays), I would like to show you a new drawing of Our Blessed Mother. It also includes the baby Jesus and St. Joseph.

This is not an icon. It is just a simple drawing of the Holy Family in a traditional Christmas pose. I am calling it: "Bethlehem, Christmas 2009".

It is difficult for me to believe that we are already so close to Christmas. I haven't even started thinking about gifts, cards, etc.

Fortunately, I already have a couple of new drawings to use for cards: the one above and the one icon which I showed you a few weeks ago.

A dear friend of mine has chosen six different flower drawings of mine which he has asked me to make into Christmas cards for him. Surprisingly, they not only look good, they also look quite Christmas-y.

Actually, I have to correct something I said earlier -- I may not have started thinking about gifts for the few people in my life to whom I give gifts; however, I have already thought about a gift for myself! Actually, I have already given myself a birthday and Christmas gift! The gift is a new foster child -- a 9-year-old girl from Ethiopia by the name of Betelhem (pronounced Bethlehem). This is truly one of the best gifts I could have given myself. Everyone should be this kind to themselves. I will show you her photo soon -- she's lovely.

Peace be with you all.


Thursday, 5 November 2009

Congo Cockatoo


Anyone who knows a bit about garden flowers will hear someone mention Impatiens and immediately think of something like the flowers pictured just below this text. These are Impatiens Timor (I have shown you this drawing previously).


However, there is a variety of Impatiens that is one of the most unusual members of the Genus and that is the type pictured at the top of this posting. Its name is Impatiens niamniamensis a.k.a. Congo Cockatoo or Parrot Plant.

This shrub, originally from tropical East Africa, is of the Family: Balsaminaceae; Genus: Impatiens and Species: niamniamensis. The origin of this plant has given rise to a third common name: African Queen.

The truly fantastic flowers produced are said to look like parrots. One commentator has said that they actually remind her more of candy corn! I think I agree with her!

The stems of this shrub can get so thick that after a while, the whole plant looks like a dark tropical tree. As I was researching this plant, I decided that it could have an additional common name of "Vampire Tree" as they only grow in full shade -- the sun burns their leaves!

Going from plants to people, I managed to bang my head today while working in the kitchen. In the process, I ended up with a small cut to my scalp which refuses to stop bleeding a small amount. Consequently, I decided to tie a clean rag around my head to prevent getting blood on anything. This has caused miz k.d. great consternation. She continues to sit and stare at me in an almost dog-like fashion. Turning her head first one way and then another before occasionally emitting a small, questioning meow. Nothing I say can convince her that everything is all right. I hope she gets tired soon and goes to sleep. Being starred at all the time can be disconcerting! Thank goodness I am not famous.

May peace be with you all.


Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Adonis and Loosestrife




I will give you a quick update on my health. At this point I am uncertain as to whether I had the flu or a very bad cold; however, what I have ended up with now is a sinus infection! I say "bah, humbug" to flu and cold season and I hope that I have paid my dues for this year. Fortunately, feeling poorly has not kept me from my art.

Tonight's first drawing is of Adonis annua. Family is Ranunculaceae; Genus is Adonis and Species is A. annua. This plant, native to Africa, Asia and Europe, has a pocketful of "nicknames". It is known as Pheasant's-eye, Adonis' Flower, Autumn Adonis, Autumn Pheasant's eye, Blooddrops, Flos Adonis, Red Chamomile, Red Morocco, Rose-a-ruby and Soldiers-in-green. The most commonly used of these, however, is "Pheasant's-eye".

The Family name of Ranunculaceae means it is a member of the buttercup family. It is described in ancient documents as a"Eurasian herb cultivated for its deep red flowers with dark centers."










This next drawing is of one blossom from the "Alexander Yellow Loosestrife" plant.

Its proper name is Lysimachia punctata and the plant is native to Central Europe. It gets its name of Loosestrife from the superstition that the plant loosens or negates the anger or strife of wild beasts. A study of herbs published in 1597 noted that loosestrife was attached to the yokes of oxen to soothe their tempers "appeasing the strife and unrulinesse which falleth out among oxen at the plough."

Its genus name, Lysamachia alludes to this belief, for it is named for Lysimachus who was a general to Alexander the Great and ruled a quarter of Alexander's divided Empire upon Alexander's death. Lysimachus was said to have calmed a monstrous leopard by waving a herbal branch before it. Whether it was actually Loosestrife or not, the story has stuck.

So, there you have two more flower drawings. That's all I seem to be doing these days. I feel like I am in a bit of a rut. What I need is another project. Any ideas anyone wants to offer me? I am open to your ideas. I have projects that I am still working on but I have already done all the art work for them. Inspiration is what I need!

Peace be with you all.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

Common Flower, Unusual Flower


First, a flu report: I am doing much better, but still have a ways to go. I am certainly able to do most things but find I have to rest a lot more. I have spent the weekend by myself in an effort to keep from infecting anyone else, but I should surely soon be past the contagious stage. Anyway, thanks for the concerns of those who sent get well messages.

Anyway, the first drawing tonight is of a very common garden flower -- possibly one of the most common -- a zinnia. Though the one I have drawn is a hybrid so it looks a bit different than the common variety.

The proper name of this one is "Zinnia x hybrida". The Family is Asteraceae; the Tribe is Heliantheae; and the Genus is Zinnia. Zinnias came originally from wildflowers found growing in the dry grasslands stretching from the American southwest to South America, but primarily in Mexico. Zinnias are especially favoured by butterflies. The name of the genus derives from the German botanist Johann Gottfried Zinn who died in 1759 -- although what he had to do with discovering a Central and South American plant, I do not know.

I really like the way the half-grown bulb looks with all those tight layers of green getting ready to spread apart so the flower can escape.

This next flower is not a drawing at all, but a photograph I came across while looking for a photo of another flower.



This is an Anthurium scherzeria. I don't know how familiar you are with Anthuriums, but usually they have a large, coloured "leaf" with a flower spike sticking straight out in front. When I saw this poor, contorted version, I laughed out loud with delight. "What a crazy looking plant," I thought -- "I must have it for my collection." Then, the more I looked at it, the more I wanted to share it on my blog.

I look at something like this flower, and I am totally convinced that God has a true sense of delight in His creation. So often, as an artist, I see colours in nature that are totally unnecessary to the usefulness and function of plants, but which make us clap our hands in pleasure. I think of a hillside in springtime, for example, that would work just as well if the grass was a dull brown instead of bright green -- but not only is the grass green, the hillside is also filled with thousands of different, colourful flowers that make it look like an artist has painted it. And each flower is exquisite in its perfection and loveliness. It really makes me grateful that I have eyes to see and especially sensitive to the burden of those who are blind. Oops, I am preaching again!

Sorry this is so late tonight, but I have been watching movies about saints on EWTN all evening. They are having some wonderful films in honour of All Saints Day.


Well, it is time for me to return to my resting.

May peace be with you all.