Greenhouse Caladiums

There’s nothing better on a cold winter morning in the northern hemisphere than a trip to a greenhouse to soak up the warmth and bask in the green.

The Murdough Greenhouse at Dartmouth College hosted our plein air group yesterday morning. Every time I visit I’m struck by how fortunate we are to have this space and the vast selection of blooming specimens. 

I chose to paint this Caladium specifically because of its coloration. As you can see… pink and green… complementary colors. Could I paint it without creating big blotches brown?


My patience was tested as I had to wait for each consecutive layer to dry, but that’s exactly why it’s so great to paint with like-minded friends. We caught up on events and admired each other’s works. 

I love Thursdays!

Dartmouth’s Life Sciences Greenhouse

On Thursdays I can usually be found in the countryside, plein air painting with my partners in crime.  Ah… but not last Thursday.  Here in the Upper Valley we were dealing with the remnants of a nasty nor’easter.  Wind and rain… and lots of it.

I really don’t like to be cold and wet and I was longing for a taste of the tropics.  No money for an airline ticket, I turned to our local low-cost option… Dartmouth College’s Life Sciences Greenhouse.

The Brout Orchid collection is exquisite!

141023a141023bThere are so many orchids and other exotic species in bloom that my eyes crossed as I tried to gauge the best models to paint.

141023dI’ll be returning time and time again as the light fades and winter sets in.  Maybe I’ll see you there.

Dartmouth College Life Sciences Greenhouse is open M-F, 8:30 – 4:00.  There is no admission charge although donations are appreciated. Directions and closure days are detailed on the website.