Jack in the Pulpit

Original painting on a 10×12″ wide gallery- wrap canvas with black painted edges

Soft lavenders, blues and browns suggest the woodland backdrop of this handsome native flower.

$550.00

Jack in the Pulpit

When I taught at the Chicago Botanic Garden, I was sometimes in a room that was covered floor to ceiling in botanical artworks. It was very inspiring to see all the different ways to depict the form and beauty of a plant through the ages. I know that the recognized standard for botanical art is watercolor, on a plain background. There are some truly beautiful examples of this. Still, I always want to see a suggestion of where the plant lives, and this is what I’ve done here. I love to come across these delightful plants, standing proud in the rich duff of a forest floor. What a surprise it is to come across it? This one was particularly appealing, with its maroon piping.

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  1. Your “suggestion of where the plant lives” reminds me that I first encountered the term “environmental portraiture” decades ago, not with regard to nature but as a name for the kind of portrait of a person that includes furnishings or objects with which the subject is associated. In this case you wanted to personify your subject and treat it in that tradition of environmental portraiture.

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  2. I grew up with Jack-in-the-pulpit, lily of the valley, and violets outside our front door in Iowa. They nestled among the ferns, and under the bridal wreath. I never thought of them as Texas plants, but they do grow north and east of me, in the piney woods. I so much enjoyed a short trip to that area; if I’m able to go back, maybe I’ll find one there.

    I didn’t know that it’s in the arum family. Now I can see the resemblance to the so-called peace lily. Our jacks-in-the-pulpit were quite green: at least, in my memory. You’ve caught that dramatic purple that I saw in some of the photos of them.

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