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The Christmas Poinsettia


We were invited for dinner to a friend's place yesterday.I had spoken to her many times on the phone, but it was the first time I was meeting her.It is strange that you get used to a voice and suddenly you have to associate a physical figure with it. She had a lovely home and some lovely poinsettia plants.When we were leaving, she gifted me one.
It looked so beautiful that I felt compelled to paint it.I made this painting this morning.The Christmas poinsettia.I love the red and the green next to each other.The contrast is striking, though I'm not sure that I managed to capture it!
But the important thing is that it gave me so much joy.

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  1. Lovely! Hope you had a fabulous holiday.

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  2. Looking good!.poinsettia's have such vibrant red leaves!

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  3. You did a beautiful job on the painting. I like the detailing on the leaves and the bright colors.

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  4. That my dear is the most important aspect to being an artist... enjoyment

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  5. Ma'am I am a big fan of your writing. I had read all the books of yours. I am following your blogs from last year. I read your blogs with help of my mobile phone but since last 9 days you didn't update anything so first time I opened your blogs on Desktop of Internet cafe and found these pictures of ellora caves. I am from Aurangabad so feeling glad that you had visit of our city.
    God bless u ma'am...

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