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Watercolour on Fabriano Uno 300 g hot pressed
56 cm x 76 cm/ 22” x 30”

I’m not sure what kind of flower this is exactly but judging from the 5 foot stalks as well as the leaves I’d say it must be some kind of Heliconia. At my neighbourhood flower market they sold them (for 50 cents a stalk) as “Banana Flowers". I bought 3, and together with a couple of real banana leaves from the garden I had a very cheap, highly dramatic and very BIG flower arrangement that lasted more than 2 weeks!
:D

The colours of the flower are as close to real life as I could make them, but for the banana leaves I’m afraid I went a bit bonkers; I wanted something different from all those red-green combinations I’ve been doing lately.
:lmao:
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Sarna-con-gutsto Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
I love your work. This is Beautiful! Do you sell any of your paintings? Please let me know as I would love to have one in my living room. I am originally from Paraguay, and this takes me back home...
Mariette
mariettemuriella@yahoo.com
Please write the word Paraguay in your subject so I know it is not just another e-mail.
Thanks a lot
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2013   Traditional Artist
Just sent you a mail! :)
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Bluegalleon Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
Very beautiful work.
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 15, 2008   Traditional Artist
Delighted you like it - many thanks for the :+fav: as well as for that on Hibiscus! :D
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Bluegalleon Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
Your welcome :)
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milbisous Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
Things go well when you go...bonkers. The leaves look just great. Who says they only have to be green? :giggle: You seem to like that coral red a lot lately. I like that color too, very vibrant! Nice job :clap:.
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
Delighted you like it, amiga!
By the way - that fire engine red is one of the paints you gave me, remember? It's the Daniel Smith Organic Vermillion.
:D
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milbisous Featured By Owner May 14, 2008
So that's the one, I still have not used that tube color yet. I love quinacridone coral and it is similar to the organic vermillion. They both look very vibrant :)
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 15, 2008   Traditional Artist
Ah! I've never seen quinacridone coral here. Sounds very interesting! Or is it the same as quinacridone red?? You are right - quinacridone colours are just great!
I think I'll have to make a raid on Sennelier's when I'm in Paris! ;)
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milbisous Featured By Owner May 15, 2008
Don't remember if I've tried quinacridone red, even though I have a whole set of quinacridone, all mixed up with many other color tubes. What do you know about quinacridone? I just finished my hibicus and I used quinacridone coral there. I love that color. You know that you could order any art supply from Daniel Smith online?
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 16, 2008   Traditional Artist
Sure, I know. But... how long would it take for the stuff to arrive here? Probably for ever! ;)
Another problem: payment. I do not - and I mean NOT, not ever, under any circumstances - give out my credit card number online.
But don't worry: They do carry Winsor & Newton paints here, and what they don't have here I'll stock up on chez Sennelier in Paris - got to have a reason to go there, no? :)
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milbisous Featured By Owner May 16, 2008
You sound like a careful person. So how did you pay for DA subscription? Son did it? I've ordered many things, including art supplies, online. For domestic mail, it takes only a few days. I do banking and book our trips online as well.
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 17, 2008   Traditional Artist
Yep, you got it, the dear boys are taking care of that - as a b.day present. :D
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karincharlotte Featured By Owner May 10, 2008   Traditional Artist
Everyone should go a bit bonkers once in a while. I do it all the time...
Lots of fun!
Very vibrant flowers. I love the luscious colours (yellow, orange, reds). Very interesting background. I think I rather like it! :)
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
Absolutely! Here's to going bonkers! :highfive:

Also big :hug: for comment and :+fav:, Karin, you're a doll and I always appreciate your support!
:wave: Pat
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lapoall Featured By Owner May 10, 2008
:clap:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, dear Alberto, you are spoiling me with :+fav:s! :D :hug:
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Lemon-Yoghurt Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
i quite like the change from red and green to red and blue/green. its always nice to change it up a bit!!! awesome!! :clap:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
Yes, that's what I thought, thanks! :D
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zasu Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
i like the color combo too, and, right, there are so many varieties of banana, who's to say there isn't a variety with those colors? they certainly LOOK possible :D

do your banana trees actually make bananas?
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
Delighted you like it, Val, thanks and big :hug: for the :+fav:!

And yes, sure, the banana trees do bear fruit! I also have a huge mango tree here, an avocado tree, some papaya trees and, at the moment, we have the bumper crop of jack fruit! They're coming out of our ears already - you want some??
:laughing:
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zasu Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
oh... found it. i'm thinking of durian fruit [link] which doesn't seem to have any common names in english :D
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zasu Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
is jackfruit the other name for that big stinky fruit? i can't remember the other name at the moment.. strange. just last january, when i was shopping at a chinese produce market in SF, wolf wanted me to buy the big fruit he'd found, and i said, "oh.. that's that smelly fruit that many people can't stand because it's so stinky." and this chinese guy said, "it's not stinky! it's good!" :sprint:

i'm starting to post my french pictures... there's one you might find interesting... :blowkiss:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
No, no, that's not it! That's a durian!
Go to Wikipedia and search for Jackfruit - that's how they spell it, I just saw. Wanted to send you the link..... but am too stupid to figure out how to do this.
Anyway, they got plenty info on jackfruit - photos of outside and inside etc. etc.
:)

Re: Durian - yes, all Asians go totally crazy over durian. They call it the King of Fruits and whatnot!
For our noses..... well, let's say it takes some getting used to..... a whole HELL of a lot of getting used to.... Many hotels in Asia don't allow durian on the premises. Ditto airlines.
The taste isn't everybody's cup of tea either....
:lmao:
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zasu Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
okey dokey.. i figured i'd go search for jack fruit this time. sounds interesting :D
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
No, jack fruit is not the same as Durian (stink fruit).
First size: A durian is about the size of an American football. A jack fruit can easily measure 2 - 3 feet, no problem.
The skin of a durian has these big "spikes". The jack fruit skin also has "spikes" but very small ones.
The inside is different, too: The flesh of both fruits is yellow, but the durian flesh comes in big "quarter-moon" sections. The flesh of the jack fruit looks more like some kind of flower or like some kind of "tubes" the length of a thumb.
Both fruits SMELL, but the smell of durian is MUCH worse!! :laughing:
Taste is also quite different. I must confess I wouldn't walk miles for either one, but given the choice I prefer jack fruit - I find the taste more "refreshing". You can't eat too much of either one as they both feel pretty "heavy" in your stomach, but here too durian is worse than jack fruit.

I'll see if I can find a link for you. Otherwise I'll just have to take some photos when we harvest the next one.
;)
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zasu Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
so... does that mean you've tried durian fruit? i keep wanting to, but don't want to spend so much money on something i'll probably just throw away after one bite (if i even get that far...)
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 13, 2008   Traditional Artist
Well, I try everything once...... ;)
But in your case, no, really, I wouldn't buy one (they are quite expensive, you know!) just for (most probably) one bite. I think you can go on living without having tasted durian!
:rofl:
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zasu Featured By Owner May 13, 2008
i was reading online that they might be about $15-$20 per fruit :eyepopping:

i hadn't looked at the price at the chinese store, so hadn't realised it would be THAT expensive (though i'd figured it be kinda pricey, being rare and a specialty item).
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ColourWheel Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
Great! The darker leaves really make the flowers pop!! :highfive:
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
I'm glad you like it, Karen, and thanks so much for yet another :+fav:! :highfive:
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ColourWheel Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
You're very welcome :hug:
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rsharts Featured By Owner May 9, 2008   Traditional Artist
I like the blues and purples in the foliage, and who's to say that they aren't like that? ;) Wonderfully vibrant work Pat! :)
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
Great! Delighted you like it, Ruth, and many thanks for adding it to your favs! :hug:
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Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner May 8, 2008
:laughing: I know, another fav., but your work is so beautiful!
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p-e-a-k Featured By Owner May 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
What can I say? THANKS! :hug: :laughing:
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Rhed-Dawg Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
:laughing: your welcome.
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