Sea Holly

I call this plant Sea Holly. I know it has a Latin name and there are several species. It reminds me of thistles that I have painted on several occasions. I love all the pointy jagged bits. Fun to paint and that is the main part of my adventures in art. Artist Susan Feniak. Daniel Smith watercolor and ink on 9″ x 12″ Strathmore Vision paper.

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14 Comments on “Sea Holly”

  1. Jill Kuhn says:

    Wow! Looks so exotic! I like how you painted the background as well as the plant! And I love its name! 🌿🐠

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  2. Sharon Mann says:

    Susan, your work here is beautiful, I will add this to one of my favorites!

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  3. I also like your use of neutral colours.

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  4. Nice drawing, I really like how you captured the jagged edges of the flowers.

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  5. bcparkison says:

    Very nice layout. Love the colors and the background effect.

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  6. Susan, I haven’t heard of this either. I love the detail and colors!

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    • Susan Feniak says:

      Here is more information for you. Sea Holly is a Eryngium from the flowering plant family Apiaceae. It’s common name eryngo and amethyst sea holly. A real conversation starter for anyone’s garden because of its striking color and shape. Can you tell I used to work in a garden centre? And was an avid gardener.


  7. Tom says:

    I like the texture and the colours you’ve used, Susan. I’ve never heard of Sea Holly before, and it does look like a thistle. Always good to learn something new!

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    • Susan Feniak says:

      Nice to learn something new everyday. Sea Holly is Eryngium from the flowering plant family Apiaceae. A perennial. How’s that? It’s really rather an interesting looking plant. A conversation starter for ones garden.


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