STRING OF HEARTS
Watercolor on paper
11" X 4.5" framed
This interesting plant (Ceropegia woodii) was discovered in Natal in 1880 and has been cultivated at Kew Gardens since 1894. It is generally grown in hanging pots or baskets to allow the long trailing branches to hang down.
I was given my specimen in 1971 and have loved it ever since.
For many years I grappled with the issue of how to portray it. I wanted to capture both the details of the flowers and stem tubers and the lacy feeling of the vines. I was concerned, however, that an overly tall painting could detract from the incredible detail. Finally I decided to paint just a small section of the plant, as if one were looking through a window at it.