Pet Portrait: Persian Cat

This is a portrait of a pet Persian cat.  Its owner bought one of my donated “pet portraits” at the Humane Society Auction.  I do the portraits using reference photographs that the owners provide.  I made several studies of this cat which you can see by going to my dailypaintworks gallery.  Click here.

Nepenthes Rajah

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This is a ground pitcher plant and is the largest of one type of pitcher plant.  It is a native of Malaysian Borneo and its pitchers have been measured at over 16 inches long.  It can capture lizards, frogs, rodents and other vermin. If you would like to see more about this painting or see other omnivorous plants, click here.

Sarracenia Purpurea Pitcher Plant

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This plant was used by the Algonquin, Cree, Iroquois and other native American tribes to treat small pox by means of a root infusion.   The plant likes to grow in bogs, swamps, and wet, sandy meadows.  To see more about this painting and to see other paintings of carnivorous plants, click here.

Sarracenia Leucophylla Pitcher Plant

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This is a pitcher plant, called that because it is shaped like a pitcher.  An insect is attracted by a rather rank smell and lands on the lip, and slides down a very slick inner surface where enzymes at the bottom “Stomach!” digest it.   This provides the plant with needed nitrogen and phosphorus.  Sarracenia  have been used for medicinal purposes (but don’t try this at home!)  To read an article I wrote about carnivorous plants, go to The Breeze, Magazine of the Low Country, South Carolina (February 2020).

Venus Flytrap

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The Venus Flytrap is not a pitcher plant, but it is a carnivorous plant!  It eats one or two insects a week.  These strange carnivorous plants are found in South Carolina and some other states.  The Breeze, Magazine of the Lowcountry has published an article by me about carnivorous plants.  It is illustrated with photos and four of my paintings.  If you would would like to read it, go to lowcountrybreeze.com.

Nepenthes Rafflesiana Pitcher Plant

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This is a carnivorous pitcher plant.  The Breeze, Magazine of the Lowcountry, South Carolina, has published an article by me on carnivorous plants and included four of my paintings in the February 2020 edition.  .  To see this edition, go tolowcountrybreeze.com

Ground Pitcher Plant (Nepenthes Ampullaria)

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A South Carolina magazine, Low Country Breeze published an article I wrote about carnivorous plants in its February edition.  Four of my paintings illustrated the article which also contained photographs.  If you would like to read the article, go to lowcountrybreeze.com and look at the February edition.  For a look at this and some of  my other art on dailypaintworks.com, click here.

Zinnia Joy

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I have so enjoyed my small zinnia garden in a corner of our front yard!  I planted a small package of mixed zinnias  last year and decided to paint these orange ones which were the last ones blooming before frost.  It is too early for zinnias this year, but I do hope to have them!  This painting is on stretched canvas and is 10 x 8.  Click here for further information.