Tuesday, May 11, 2010


Gloxinias were discovered in Columbia and Venezuela in 1739.  A relative of the African Violet family it prefers similar growing conditions, so when your gloxinia plant stops flowering, just be patient, it will soon be flowering again.  If you have a green thumb with violets, you probably will have good luck with  a gloxinia.  Velvety bell shaped flowers with scalloped edges, and broad fuzzy green foliage add up to the unique characteristics of this luxurious plant.  The blooms are gorgeous... I found myself compelled to touch them... they feel like a swatch of fine silk velvet fabric.

(Click on the image to see a close-up of the impasto paint that creates the blooms.)

12x12 oil on canvas.

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