Columbine and Jack in the Pulpit
These grew in my backyard; so, I painted them. The unidentified umbrella leaves hugging the ground belong to mayapples, a native species of wildflower and fruit that grows liberally in the Virginia forests. We transplanted some to our shady backyard in Potomac. Mayapples require a great deal of water and lots of shade. Their fruit is poisonous if eaten unripe. When the ripe fruit is cooked into a marmelade, it tastes a little like maracuja, a Brazilian “monkey fruit.” If your husband is ecologically minded and dislikes invasive species, this is what your garden will look like: full of native wildflowers and very shady.
Watercolors on heavy Arches rag paper 16” x 20”