my big baby croton

Done for Two Feet Studios with love and a lot of frustration over Adobe Fresco (I’m convinced my laptop can’t handle the amount of layers I tend to use).

I’m not a good plant mom. I’ve killed succulents and herbs and I might be currently killing a small palm tree I have. I just can’t tell what they need from me. But this croton’s been with us for about a year now, and going strong. She’s my baby. I’ve let her wilt a few too many times, and lost some leaves on the way, but she always bounces back perkier than ever. It must be growing season now, because she’s sprouting in all three branches. I’m proud of her.

I’m also not a great painter. I’m much more comfortable with sketching and making things a little bit cartoony. I never studied hardcore art theory, so it feels like every time I try to be more realistic, whether in shape or color, shit gets wonky. But I wanted to switch things up this time. It took so much longer than I’m used to, and I’ll admit I had to trace the leaf shapes (I’ll get there one day, but for now this was a color study — one step at a time), but I’m also proud of this one.

Happy to leave that comfort zone every once in a while.