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Swamp Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)
(acrylic and charcoal on muslin)


Swamp Hibiscus 5x7, acrylic and charcoal on muslin

Swamp Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus)
5×7, acrylic and charcoal on muslin

I’m enjoying working up my plant portraits and the Swamp Hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) is one of my favorites. It is a perennial native to north Georgia but is much more commonly found in the Coastal Plain growing in wet and swampy areas. This is another native plant that could be grown as part of a container garden.

notes, quotes and tips
  • This small work began with a charcoal drawing on toned muslin to establish both the composition and some of the darks.
  • Once I was happy with the preliminary drawing, I used a mixture of acrylic matte medium to fix the charcoal.
    • This mix allows you to create some nice greys using the charcoal you pick up on the brush.

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