Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Sketch

Strange name and strange looking flower, an early spring favorite, the Hellebore has captured my attention today.

Once again, I am fascinated by the lines and shapes. I could not resist painting them with watercolors.

Each flower in this sketch is at a different stage of bloom. I find Hellebores amazing and love the details in the center of the flower.

The flowers have five "petals" (actually sepals) surrounding a ring of small, cup-like nectaries (petals modified to hold nectar). The sepals do not fall as petals would, but remain on the plant, sometimes for many months.

The all green Helebores are unique and I am looking for one of these plants to add to my collection.


  1. I'd love to be able to grow hellebores but they never seem to work for me.

    You did a gorgeous job!

  2. I've not heard of a Hellebore before but you're right. Stunning and lovely. Wow. Again, your art just amazes me. Thank you for sharing, Joanne. :)

  3. Beautiful!Love the free flowing forms and colors!

  4. These are beautiful...really well done. They would sure make lovely notecards!
    I like the blue you used in the background, too! what color purple is that? I have a hard time with purple in my watercolor work!
    Have a great night!

  5. this is absolutely gorgeous. Never even heard of a hellebore. looking forward to seeing more of your work.

  6. You flowers are just beautiful!!!!

  7. Hi Ladies,

    Thanks for your comments and compliments :)