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Kauka Wilder Plumeria Continued

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/16/21

The background will be a bit exciting this time around.  This is a start on the layout.

Kauka Wilder Plumeria 16 x 20"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/16/21

This painting is a bit complicated but I always love a challenge.

Plumeria Variety Dean Conklin is Done 22x30"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 04/08/21

I decided on a simple background this time around.

The background is actually a little more yellow than in this photo. 


Dean Conklin Plumeria Watercolor 22x30"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 03/28/21

This is another variety of plumeria which I first photographed in the National Traopical Botanical Garden on Kauai a number of years ago.  The plumeria are a dark pink with an almost orange center. 

I will have a circle of leaves around the blossoms and a darker background.

Katie Moragne Plumeria is Done! 22x30"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 03/19/21

Very pleased with how this painting turned out. I decided to keep a lighter background to help the inflo of plumeria to pop. 
Large prints will be available after it is professionally photographed.  

Katie Plumeria in Progress 22x30"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 03/13/21

Leaves need more work but I am happy with their placement. The background will be muted.

Katie Moragne Plumeria 22x30"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 02/22/21

Katie Moragne plumeria in progress. Starting right to left, petal by petal. This time, I am adding shadows as I paint the petal.

Katie Moragne Plumeria

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 02/15/21

The Katie Moragne plumeria is one of the first plumeria varieties I painted a long time ago and is being used as my logo.

This is the reference photo for another watercolor. 

Plumeria Cuttings in Progress

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 02/15/21

I may not have to drive to photograph plumeria someday!These are cuttings mostly from the trees along Nawiliwili Road which were planted by Richard Moragne. He is a former sugar plantation manager who propagated aver 200 varieties of plumeria on Kauai as a hobby.  I am keeping them indoors for rooting because the temperature got down into the 50s a week ago.

Nebels (Lei) Rainbow is Done 22 x 30"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 02/15/21

Decided to go a little looser with the background.

This variety of plumeria is called "lei rainbow" because the sturdy, long-lasting blossoms are often used to make flower leis. It is one of my favorites and I thoroughly enjoy painting the leaves!
Note: I generally show more progress photos on Instagram as paintingsbymarcia and on Facebook as Plumeria Paintings by Marcia in case you want to follow more closely.


Daisy Wilcox Plumeria Closeup is Done 16 x 20"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 02/03/21

I ended up putting in a dark background after all so this watercolor won't be titled a sunrise!

Daisy Plumeria Closeup in Progress

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 01/10/21

After trying this lighter background, I have decided it needs a a dark background for a dramatic contrast so stay tuned for a different look.  

Daisy at Sunrise 16x20"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 01/09/21

Trying for a different look for this closeup of the Daisy Wilcox variety of plumeria. Petals are very large and floppy. It is my favorite to paint.

White Plumeria Closeup is Done

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 01/01/21

Closeup of white plumeria against a dark background. The painting is 22 x 30" and was done on 300# Fabriano watercolor paper.  After the dark background was painted, I found that I needed to darken the petal shadows.   

White Plumeria in Progress

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 12/07/20

I have started the background before finishing the flowers. 

It will help to clarify the composition of the leaves since I will not be following the reference photo closely.

White Plumeria Closeup 22x30"

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 12/05/20

I have been wanting to paint this cluster of plumeria for awhile. I think a dark background will show off the plumeria blossoms. We shall see what develops.

'Kauai Aloha" Yellow Plumeria is Done

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 11/27/20

This 22 x30" painting took me awhile to complete and there was much analysis in between painting sessions.  I mentioned awhile back that I had glaucoma surgery in my left eye so I only paint for short periods of time. Otherwise, the left eye gets blurry. 
I am quite pleased with how this one turned out.  The original has sold and I will have large and small prints made eventually especially if craft fair resume.

Yellow Plumeria Background

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 10/24/20

First layer of background started. I will see how much darker it needs to be later.

Yellow Plumeria 2 In Progress

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 10/14/20

I had to darken the shadows on the petals and added more color.  It will be best to deal with the background later.  I am tempted to keep it very simple.

Yellow Plumeria 2

by Marcia Minnichhofer on 10/12/20

I will name this painting when done.  This watercolor is 22x30" or a full sheet as we artists call it. I will finish the painting and decide whether or not to put in a background since it is a very busy composition.  I did notdo a background with my "Sunrise Bouquet" painting.