A Selection of Works Inspired by the Prayer Plant

Often called ‘Prayer Plants’ because their light-sensitive leaves fold up in ‘prayer’ in the evening.

These plants are all part of the Marantacae genus, and consist of Clatheas, Stromanthes, Ctenanthes and Marantas.

Plants always seem to me to be dancing and so I combined the image with dancers. I wanted my Prayer Plant ‘dancers’ to raise their arms like the leaves so at night, with the result that they appear as leafy angels shouting, “Halleluah!”

My first attempt was a drawing in oil pastel, pencil, charcoal and ink.

A drawing of Prayer Plant / Angel Dancers in oil pastel, pencil and ink

A drawing of Prayer Plant / Angel Dancers in oil pastel, pencil and ink on paper, 22″ x 30″

Painting of Prayer Plant Dancers

30″ x 48″. Acrylic on masonite with watercolour paper collage elements

Painting of Prayer Plant Dancers

48″ x 30″. Acrylic on masonite with watercolour paper collage elements

Painting of Prayer Plant Dancers

30″ x 48″. Acrylic on masonite with watercolour paper collage elements

During this time of COVID I am working from photos, much smaller and in watercolour, as suited to painting at home. It has been an exploration of the some of the Prayer Plant family, and hopefully in the future I’ll be able to move forward with these new images. Watercolour painting Maranta or Prayer Plant family MarantaceaStromanthe sanguine, with its striking leaves in cream, green and red, is a member of the Maranta or Prayer Plant family Marantaceae, and again its native land are the tropical areas of the Americas ranging from Mexico south to Argentina.For more of these paintings see Gallery of Plant and People Paintings, and for more photos see my Gallery of Photos.

One response to “A Selection of Works Inspired by the Prayer Plant

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.