This one was a toughie. Searched and searched. Lots of ideas that went nowhere. Tried to find a local Brazilian restaurant and found one...yay! But discovered it was closed. Then went for blogs from or about Brazil and happened upon this one by Constantino Gastaldi of Brazil “Dyckia Brazil” and found the “Dyckia fosteriana-fosteriana Star of Brazil” plant. Although the plant looks prickly and dangerous, it definitely spoke to me. My first thought was HAT! and Ruth was in her glory. Upon scrolling down the blog, I discovered this lovely color and flower called “Aechmea recurvata” and couldn’t resist it. According to the blog, this flower grows on treetops in Southern Brazil near the Uraguay border. Had fun cutting, pasting, drawing, painting. I sketched the star plant from the computer and printed out the vermillion flower. Cut the background off and pasted it down. Gessoed around, drew over with a ballpoint pen (what Ruth had handy) and painted with watercolor to enhance the image. Since there isn’t much room on the back I decided to write around the flower.
Maddie, I visited a local gardner, with the delicious name of Constantino, who was delighted that I wanted to sketch his plants he so lovingly cares for. Envisioning a new creation in velvet, satin and feathers. Spent the entire day sketching and making notes. Tomorrow the shopping for fabrics begins. Haven’t had much time to tour. Maybe this gardner has some free time...hubba hubba. So lovely to be naughty sometimes. Ruth