View Full Version : Floral & Botanicals DECEMBER Plant Parade

Vivien Maloney
11-30-2013, 06:00 PM
Welcome to the December Edition of the Plant Parade.

This month, because this is the very busy, silly season, (leading up to Christmas,) we have a combination of Hosts; Maureen, Dewi, Jean and myself.

So, we have a Seasonal Challenge for December;
A Seasonal flower arrangement, or a flower or any Xmas foliage of any sort.
For example; in the Southern Hemisphere December is the first month of Summer, so I always make a Xmas flower arrangement of red and white roses for our Xmas Day table. BUT for the Northern Hemisphere it will be Winter so maybe ivy, pinecones, and candles? Whatever you can come up with. It doesn't have to be an arrangement, any Seasonal flower will do.

There are few rules;

Crop, enlarge, distort, play, manipulate a reference in any way you wish.

All media welcome - mixed if you wish

Discuss, banter with others about your choice(s), your successes, finds and/or difficulties in this thread.
As our usual "reveal day" is the 25th and because this month of course that is Christmas Day, we can begin posting our work from the 20th December on until the end of the month.

If you subscribe to the thread it's easier to keep up with it.

The first 3 images are my own photos are were taken 2 days ago. You are welcome to use them if you wish. The next 3 are from the RIL. You can use these OR your own refs - the choice is yours. Enjoy!!:D

Rose "Dublin Bay"


Rose "Pascalli"

From the RIL - Sunface

From the RIL - Indiana Jim

From the RIL - Mustcreate

And this is Maureen adding some links for you!;)

Ivy images in the RIL (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showgallery.php?cat=3672)

Hollyberries by Smudger (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=15599&size=big&cat=)

Hollyberries and leaves by Rue d'Oak (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/data2//3556/medium/american_holly2.jpg)

And again, by silverflagon (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/data2//3556/medium/P1010006_copy.jpg)

Links to twigs and berries -
(That was a search link - but in case it's expired -

Rowan berries (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=100381) by oldrockchick

Hawthorn twigs and berries (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=130006&size=big&cat=) by Charlie's Mum

Nandina berries (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showphoto.php?photo=175045)

Don't forget the ornaments and the tinsel! -
RIL Holiday ornaments (http://www.wetcanvas.com/RefLib/showgallery.php?cat=3364) - when there, search 'Christmas' and see what comes up!

And just to give you an idea of what we meant for this Plant Parade -
When I first joined WC I did a Secret Santa with a lot of other members in the Project system - this was my offering (we didn't exchange items!) - I made the wreath and painted it from life using watercolours.


We all hope you have fun - and come up with something you can use for your own holiday celebrations!:)

11-30-2013, 09:21 PM
Thanks Viv, should be a wonderful month :thumbsup:

11-30-2013, 10:24 PM
Seeing these has me in the Christmas spirit now, Viv!

Vivien Maloney
11-30-2013, 10:59 PM
Thank you Jean and Kay, so we are on our way towards Christmas and the December Plant Parade! :clap: :D

11-30-2013, 11:45 PM
Viv, thank you for hosting this month!! What a fun challenge you are giving us!! I love the: manipulate a reference in any way you wish

Oh, Peeps, that is really a tempting idea. . .just think. . .:D

Hugs, Katherine

Vivien Maloney
12-01-2013, 12:18 AM
Oh Katherine! lol :lol: I KNOW you will come up with something exciting:angel: :evil:

Charlie's Mum
12-01-2013, 08:51 AM
Thanks for posting this Viv - and I've added some links to the RIL relevant areas :)

Peeps, the whole Team will be keeping an eye on this thread to keep you in line ;) ....... we do hope you'll enjoy yourselves and find time to join in - I know how busy we all are!

I'm trying to get my head round Viv's beautiful roses in full bloom, in DECEMBER! Isn't this Earth a beautiful and diverse planet? :D

12-01-2013, 10:42 AM
Oh wow, what a wonderful idea for the holiday season, hope to come up with something. Thanks Viv for all the lovely photos and for hosting.

Vivien Maloney
12-01-2013, 12:57 PM
Maureen - thanks for adding the extra links.
All my roses are in full bloom at the moment, I just hope they arent too early for Christmas Day! One of the great pleasures of my life, is getting up very early on Xmas morning, going out to my garden, and picking enough roses and other flowers to fill every vase I have. I love to have the house filled with flowers on Xmas.:heart:
Got be be some benefit from all those hours spent gardening!:D And also the delight of living in the South Pacific where Xmas falls in Summer time, eh Meryl :evil:

Charlie's Mum
12-01-2013, 01:37 PM
Must be nice! The fragrance of the roses .... gorgeous!:)

12-01-2013, 05:59 PM
Viv, what about your Parrot Tulips??

What wonderful choices we have here. . .mmmm. . .hope Maureen meant we were keep an eye on you, Viv, and not me!! :D

Hugs, Katherine

Vivien Maloney
12-02-2013, 01:49 AM
Nope Katherine, she meant we are ALL keeping an eye on you! hehehehe, lol:lol:
I posted photos of my Parrot Tulips in November's Greenies Room, and also some in the RIL.

12-02-2013, 10:58 AM
I haven't been here for a while
I hope to be able to join in, I love the subject

Charlie's Mum
12-02-2013, 05:17 PM
It'll be great if you can join us Bonnie.:)

12-02-2013, 10:56 PM
Viv, I just saw your Parrot Tulips. . .wow, oh, wow!! :clap: :clap: :clap: They did everything that they are supposed to do!! Oh, wonder if I could grow them here? So glad the animals did not get to the bulbs!! Awesome, Viv, thanks for sharing them with us! Don't know how I missed them. . .wait, it might have been around the Art Show. Going to check out the ones in the RIL!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Charlie's Mum
12-03-2013, 01:02 PM
Might be too hot in Texas Katherine - they do like a period of cold - could always put them in the fridge for a few months before planting though :D

12-03-2013, 01:43 PM
Viv, I am drooling. . .they are beauties!!

Maureen, that is a good idea. . .wonder if DH would try to eat the bulbs? :D


Charlie's Mum
12-03-2013, 06:21 PM
It's a serious suggestion too K - there are some bulbs where that's recommended:D

12-03-2013, 11:08 PM
Is it tulips that need the bulb frozen before planting the 1st year so they will bloom?

Vivien Maloney
12-04-2013, 01:55 AM
No Jean, not where I live the dont! But Ive heard that. Tulips and Peony Roses both like frosts in the Winter apparently, and there's no shortage of frosts in the Winter here in the bottom of New Zealand! :evil:

Charlie's Mum
12-04-2013, 06:59 AM
Nor here at the opposite point on the globe!:lol:

12-04-2013, 09:22 AM
In the older days I think I can remember the tulip bulbs being put in the freezer so that they would bloom the first year of planting if you were planting in the spring and believe me at -21c the other morning we get frost here :lol:

Charlie's Mum
12-04-2013, 04:39 PM
Brrrrrrrrrr! I can't begin to think of those temps!:eek:

12-04-2013, 05:58 PM
If you grow them in the south (warm climates) you have to do that. Not just the first year.... every year. In fact they advise new bulbs every year so I just don't bother. :(

It was in the 80's here today. :D

12-07-2013, 12:45 PM
I have read about the techniques in Texas and it only calls for putting them in the fridge for about 6 weeks before planting. So, I can't do it this year, but will do more research and try it next year. . .NOTE TO SELF: REMEMBER THAT!! :lol: I do so want to grow my own.

My teacher's group took a trip to a museum and a plant farm and they had a plastic Parrot Tulip, so I got to tell them all about them. It was yellow, but if it had been all the colors, I probably would have owned it. :clap: :clap:

If you have never heard of the New London Explosion in 1937 in Texas, you must Google it. Hundreds of children and teachers lost their lives because of a gas leak. It was a mixed bag of emotions, but you saw how people came together and helped each other out. We actually have a dear lady in our group that had actually gone there that day with her DH to help. Hitler even sent a telegram along with Eleanor Roosevelt.


Being teachers, we were very interested. They rebuilt the school immediately and it is set back behind the first school. The sad part was that most people would not talk about it for almost 40 years. . .now they have reunions and the people can have closure. That is why the Museum is so important to the community.

We have 'smelly' stuff in our natural gas today because of this explosion after a 9 year old from New London spoke to Congress. I grew up in Oil Camps, because my dad was superintendent for the companies, and I can tell you that that stuff smells worse than 5 skunks together having a war! :lol: You never wanted the wind to be blowing from the plant!! :eek:

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

12-07-2013, 01:11 PM
It must have been a terrible happening but as that was 2 month before I was born I wasn't able to read about it :D

We also have odor added to natural gas for safety

Charlie's Mum
12-07-2013, 04:48 PM
We do too ....... and it was before I was born too ;)

I did manage to live through all the bombings during the war though - including having the ceiling fall on me when a bomb exploded in the school field across the road! (Family say that's why I'm a little 'strange'!!!!:lol:)

Catastrophes which involve children always seem to be worse don't they?
In the 60s, in Wales, a mud slide from a pit heap engulfed a school at Aberfan - huge loss of life - still remember the news coming through.

How did we get to this from discussing parrot tulips huh? :D

Back to business ........ I've collected some bits and pieces - does that mean I've started?:lol:

12-11-2013, 11:15 PM
Started on my second piece last night... Its been a while since I have been able to manage more than one...

I had forgotten just how relaxing working at the easle can be..

What day are we posting this year??

Charlie's Mum
12-12-2013, 09:23 AM
Oh, anytime from 20th I think! Check Viv's time in the opening post - just checked, from 20th:D

I'm glad you've found the time M., thought of you surrounded by BIG paint tins and BIG brushes!:lol:

Charlie's Mum
12-19-2013, 01:39 PM
Mine's done - I think:D ...... just one though!!:)

Charlie's Mum
12-20-2013, 08:42 AM
Blimey - I seem to be the first!:eek:

Mine's a Christmas Rose and Berries, acrylic on deep sided canvas square 5", so painted over the edges/sides too.

Painted from life - in that I bought the roses (silk ones cos real ones aren't in flower yet!) and the berries.:)

The scan is the best I can adjust it to - it does look a bit more subtle in real life - honestly!:)


Happy Christmas Flower Peeps :D

12-20-2013, 11:46 AM
Maureen a lovely and warm Christmas scene with lovely roses :thumbsup:

12-20-2013, 11:51 AM
I got carried away and decided to do some cards :lol:

a wee bit of foliage ( the tree) in this one :D

a branch of a greeting

not sure if you have seen this one before :(

if you look close there is thistles in this one :lol:


and used sharrms little people for reference for this :thumbsup:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all my Floral Friends :wave:

Charlie's Mum
12-20-2013, 12:16 PM
Jean, these are all a delight!
Love the last one - looks like a bridal snow-couple!:)
The golden pears and holly is very pretty - in fact, they all are and I love the 'glitter'! :)

12-20-2013, 07:47 PM
Here's mine done today, 8x5.5 watercolor on Strathmore wc journal 140 lb CP, a window wreath with candle in the snow.

12-21-2013, 10:44 AM
Pastel (actually my 2nd painting with pastels - whoa! New experience after painting in oils for 30+ years)

5 3/8" x 6 3/8"

Subject: a display at the wholesale nursery where I work

Critiques welcome.

12-21-2013, 11:06 AM
Charlie's Mum - Beautiful Christmas Rose and Berries painting. I love your use of white and red in the composition. Although artificial, you brought the roses to life. :)

Justjean - What a great idea to do cards! I'm glad we don't have to choose a favorite (although I'm partial to the pears with all of those rich hues). Your recipients are getting a special gift.

Merry Christmas to all!

12-21-2013, 11:14 AM
Kay, I feel like I'm greeted by this beautiful wreath in real life! I sense the coldness in the air from the snow. :) Nicely done.

Charlie's Mum
12-21-2013, 12:03 PM
Kay -that's a very pretty wreath and love the bow! :clap: :clap:

Kim - very nice pastel painting of the poinsettias - very strong painting:)

I did this one for the Different Strokes in Acrylics and as it includes holly and ivy, it fits here too ;)
It's in Ac. inks and is approx 8" square but as I added a digital frame, some of the foliage is lost!


Vivien Maloney
12-21-2013, 06:14 PM
Oh my goodness the year's run away from me! :eek:
I've been so busy I forgot to post.
Sorry I haven't had time to paint a specific painting so this is one I did some time ago - I hope you like it.
My usual A4 size - Pen & Ink and watercolor on watercolor paper


A very Merry Christmas to everyone and health and happiness for 2014.

Charlie's Mum
12-21-2013, 06:22 PM
I hope you use it as a card Viv cos it's very pretty - love the colours.:)

12-21-2013, 10:10 PM
Oooops, just got online again.... here are my offerings for the Dec Forum.

I opted for Floral table settings, no imagination me.. Both are Acrylic on A4 canvas pad. 1.. Red and White Poinsetti'shttp://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Dec-2013/200778-021.JPG 2. My Anthuriums (cant spell it)_ are in bloom. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/21-Dec-2013/200778-001.JPG

12-21-2013, 10:26 PM
Kay, what a beautiful wreath, makes your door so welcoming
Maureen, a lovely scene and great lighting
Viv, the candle and flowers are perfect
Kim, love those colours of your lovely soft painting
Meggs, two beauties, my fav is the first one


12-22-2013, 09:36 AM
Getting in here just 2 days before Christmas and here are my Christmasy cards for this month. Poinsetta's done in watercolors on card stock and snow people done in acrylics on card stock also. Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. Loved all the cards posted already from Jean, Kay, Viv and Charlie's Mum.


Charlie's Mum
12-22-2013, 09:41 AM
Lovely table pieces Meryl - Christamssy colours with your anthuriums and I really like the poinsettia one very much :)

Lil - your poinsettias too are very, very pretty.
Love the snowcouple - so happy and cheery with the cardinal :D

12-22-2013, 10:08 AM
Lil, both are great, the colourful flower and the happy snow people :thumbsup:

12-23-2013, 10:47 AM
Thank you Maureen and Jean for the nice comments. Looking forward to the new year and lots of floral challenges.

12-23-2013, 11:44 PM
Your Christmastime arrangements are beautiful this month. Happiest Holidays and Happy Painting to you all! God bless.

much love,

9x12 watercolor


Vivien Maloney
12-24-2013, 12:05 AM
Oh, what gorgeous work from everyone! :clap: :clap: :clap:

It's Christmas Day tomorrow, for us in New Zealand and Australia and the South Pacific and we are having family over for Christmas Dinner. It's been raining today and the forecast the same for tomorrow, so no sitting under the tree on our lawn having dinner there. Looks as if it will be in-doors out of the rain! Hope the weather clears soon as we would like beautiful, fine, sunny weather, for the whole of January and February. We like to get dinner cleared away in time to watch the Queens Christmas Message. It's always interesting to see and it's become part of the tradition of Christmas.

We've had a great year on the Floral Forum, with fabulous work from everyone, and I look forward to another great year in 2014.

As I won't be on my computer on Christmas Day, I wish everyone a wonderful Christmas Day and health and happiness for the coming 2014 year.:heart:


Charlie's Mum
12-24-2013, 12:49 PM
I echo Viv's comment and wish you all a very happy and peaceful day tomorrow.

Chana - what a beauty you've produced there :thumbsup:

12-24-2013, 04:20 PM
Peeps, what a wonderful Christmas Garden for this month!! Wow!! Great job for each of you!!





Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

12-24-2013, 10:30 PM
9x12" Canson 65 lb sketching paper, cropped to about 7x7" with Caran d'ache Museum Aquarelle small set of pencils. These are nice, but not better than their 120 set of ws colored pencils. Wouldn't mortgage the cat for them. Wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Healthy Happy New Year.


Meant to add this is my own perfect single large flower found in the super market for a pittance. Too beautiful to pass by...been sketching, adding water, adding pencil, charcoal and finally edited in Picasa which was a great deal of help to boost the color and contrast. Finished the end of the cookies a while ago and had the time to finish this.

12-25-2013, 01:17 PM



12-25-2013, 02:37 PM
Wheeeeeeee!! It just keeps getting better and better!! Wheeeee!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Merry Christmas, Peeps!!

Hugs, Katherine :music: :music:

Charlie's Mum
12-26-2013, 08:04 AM
Gorgeous poinsettia Paula, love the brightness.
Bonnie, that's an explosion! Lovely!:)

12-28-2013, 01:04 PM
RE: From the RIL - Mustcreate

I used this ref for this year's Christmas Card project :)


(I inadvertently deleted the photo of the final version from my cell phone before I had a chance to upload it to my computer :eek: )

Charlie's Mum
12-28-2013, 06:23 PM
I inadvertently deleted the photo of the final version from my cell phone before I had a chance to upload it to my computer
Ah what a shame! Can you take another or did you actually send the painting as a card? .... our loss! Nice even at this stage!

12-30-2013, 12:04 AM
Chana, a lovely arrangement and vase

Paula, a beautiful Christmas flower

Bonnie, so happy and colourful

mlou, finished or not it is lovely

Happy New Year Everyone :wave: :wave: :wave: