The Ixora

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.

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The ixora is also known as the West Indian Jasmine.

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.

Delicious.

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The flowers confuse me. Teacher had to re-sketch my drawing.

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The finished piece. With lots of help from Teacher.

Pastel ixora by my beloved.

Some of our paintings that night.

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3 thoughts on “The Ixora

  1. Pingback: The Ixora (II) « Monica Wants To Draw

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