poinsettias

Day 9 is doodling Poinsettias, and I’m posting this a day late mainly due to spontaneous socialising. I’ve gone for a bit of a tableau showing my process again because I kind of like that, and Geo over at geo.kalpataru said he liked that, too. He has a great and very zen art/poetry blog that’s worth a peruse, by the way. Back to the poinsettias, also known as Cuetlaxochitl by the Aztecs meaning “flower that grows in residues”, or Flor de Noche Buena, which is Christmas Eve Flower in contemporary Mexico and Guatemala according to my dictionary. In Spain it is known as Easter Flower, though, or Flor de Pascua. Could it be that’s when it flowers there? My dictionary doesn’t say. I can add without consulting anything that in Norway it’s called a Christmas Star, Julestjerne. My mum’s house over there in the north is the only place I know where they survive after Christmas, and as a consequence of their popularity as a yuletide gift she now has rather a lot of them. Maybe that’s why I’ve imagined them in this swimming pattern.

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