Chinese Lanterns

Chinese Lantern Study

Summer has flown by, the neighborhood children are headed back to school this week and some trees already have leaves that are changing color. This time of year is always great for inspiring creativity. It is a wonderful time to enjoy painting botanical art.

There are certain plants that remind me of fall – one of them is the Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi). They are known for their vividly colored orange-red fruits which resemble paper lanterns. The part I find fascinating about them, aside from their color, is if you let them dry the outer membrane breaks down to a delicate vein-like cage that surrounds the inner berry. I decided to paint this plant twice – first as the whole fruit on a branch and then in its dried form. Both of these paintings are available in my Etsy shop.

Have a fantastic Labor Weekend!