Monday, January 14, 2008

Noni Plant in Watercolor

Here's the painting - I think I may leave it white in the background but your comments are welcome. Should it remain white or blush a color over the background?

According to a search, here's what I found about noni:

Traditional uses of the noni plant are varied and virtually every part of the plant is used as some form of medicine. Healers used noni leaves as a bandage or poultice for wounds. Young, green fruits were crushed and the extracted juice was used as a remedy for lesions or sores in the mouth. Root or stem bark was typically used to treat inflammation or infections. Other conditions treated with noni include fevers, skin disease, respiratory problems, gastrointestinal upset, menstrual or urinary problems, diabetes, and venereal diseases. Research into the traditional uses of noni indicate that it was the second most popular plant used in herbal remedies with approximately 40 known and recorded formulations. Noni is included in the traditional pharmacopoeias of Native Hawaiians, other Pacific Islanders, and Asian populations.


Sandy Maudlin said...

I like it just like it is. Great composition, too. Love those greens. YUMMY.

Michelle Himes said...

I like the white in the background. More and more, I'm liking white on botanicals.

Tracy Wandling said...

Well, I leave a white background whenever I can! And I like this one as it is too. Very botanical.
Love that photo too...looks like a little alien.

Watercolors by Susan Roper said...

I like it this way, too! What colors did you mix for your greens, they really are tropical but have good cool vs dark qualities, too. I like the ant!

RHCarpenter said...

Thanks so much for all the comments! Here I was thinking the greens needed more variety but they seem to work okay. I like white with plants like this - not that this is a botanical painting (not detailed and crisp enough) but it sure saves a step!
Tracy, the plant does look a bit alien :)
Susan, I just used Hansa Yellow Light with Phthalo Blue or New Gamboge with Phthalo Blue to get the cool or warm shades.

laura said...

I like the white too, but here are two methods from two different teachers I've had to help you decide. One, Bonnie Mettler, would place a sheet of workable clear acetate over the background and paint her background on it; another, Caroline Howard, would tear sheets of paper the color she wanted to try and hold them up to the painting. I found both really helpful.