National Poinsettia Day

I purchased a Poinsettia recently in order to paint it in watercolor.  I decided to give it as a gift so that meant I had to paint it right away.  Deadlines can be a good thing!

I decided to try a more painterly approach.  Here is my first layer of watercolor over my sketch of black micro pen:

Poinsettia - 1

I decided to do a little research about this plant on Wikipedia.  I was surprised to discover that December 12 is National Poinsettia Day in the United States.  I had no idea!  😉

I added a second layer of paint:

Poinsettia - 2

According to Wikipedia, “The colored bracts—which are most often flaming red but can be orange, pale green, cream, pink, white, or marbled—are often mistaken for flower petals because of their groupings and colors, but are actually leaves. The colors of the bracts are created through photoperiodism, meaning that they require darkness (12 hours at a time for at least five days in a row) to change color. At the same time, the plants require abundant light during the day for the brightest color.

So I added more color to the “leaves” and a few splatters to give it a little sparkle – after all it is on display around Christmas time.

Poinsettia - 3

I also learned that this plant is native to Mexico and was derives its common English name from Joel Roberts Poinsett,[3] the first United States Minister to Mexico,[4] who introduced the plant into the United States in 1825.

I hope you enjoyed this little history lesson as much as I did!  I’m not sure my Poinsettia watercolor is complete but my friend enjoyed receiving the plant as a gift as much as I enjoyed painting it!

Cheers to you!  🙂

33 responses to “National Poinsettia Day

  1. Lovely watercolor sketch! Do you know we call them “Christmas Star” in Germany?

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  2. Oooh. It turned out so pretty!

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  3. I like how your painting followed the same process as the plant in becoming colorful! Each stage could stand on it’s own. (K)

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  4. Great job Jill! It has movement and feels alive.

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  5. This is soooooo lovely!! 💕😃And yay!! It is National Poinsettia Day! I still check my calendar daily now after last month’s project…can’t seem to stop peeking to see what day it is! 😊lol But I knew none of that history, that’s really cool! Thanks Jill!!! 💜😃🎨 (PS…National Cocoa Day is tomorrow!! Any excuse to have cocoa is something to celebrate! Hehe)

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  6. Hi Jill, I’m so happy to decided to paint the poinsettia. I like your progression of layers. Your end result…FABULOUS! Have a very happy day.

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  7. Beautiful Jill!! Not an easy subject but you made it look easy!! Lovely colors and I love the splatter!!

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  8. Hi Jill. I love your poinsettia painting. It also would make a great Christmas card. I once tried to “red up”a poinsettia that I had nursed along for the past year. I did the research and arranged a basement window area where it was pitch black, not even a speck of light. I had a grow light with the timer set for 12 hours on, 12 off. It was so exciting to watch the leaves begin to take on vivid color! Then I unexpectedly had to go on a short trip. I asked my neighbor to come in daily and check my water pipes to be sure they did not freeze. (It was a very cold winter) ❤️Well, she was a very thorough lady, and, in her checking, she went through every room in the basement. She came during the “off” time and, seeing the light off kindly turned it on! Well that did it! I came home to a sad plant whose pretty red leaves were lying all around the bottom of the plant shelf! I bought a new one and never tried to do that again but it does work.

    Christmas cheers to you and Tom!


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  9. Gorgeous painting! Love seeing the process, each step looked like a complete painting in themselves…just beautiful, and the background information was so interesting…thank you for sharing your creativity.

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  10. This is just beautiful!

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  11. Beautiful Jill! Inspiring AND informative! Thank you!!

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  12. What a lovely poinsettia. Super interesting facts too!

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