I love to be overwhelmed by flowers. But when it comes to painting, more than one flower overwhelms me.
Our subject during this lesson is a branch of ixora that Teacher probably ripped off from some roadside shrub (that technically belongs to the gah-men, which literally means he broke the law). *Gah-men means government in Singapore slang.
The ixora has many tiny flowers. I felt quite anxious having to draw and paint so many details.
If you have never seen an ixora plant before, this is how it looks like.
Ixora is a common tropical shrub. Its flowers come in a variety of colours including red, orange, pink and yellow. Red ixora is used in Hindu worship and in Indian folk medicine.
In the middle of the ixora flower is a needle-like stamen that leads to the ovary base where the nectar glands are located. I remember that as a child, my friends and I used to pull out this needle and suck the nectar from the flowers.