House Plant Portrait No. 1

May 17th, 2013

I usually have no idea what I’m going to paint when I pull out my brushes, so I’ve given myself an assignment—to paint portraits of my houseplants. Thankfully my plants are very patient and will sit there and pose as long as I need them to.

I’m going to list the original paintings for sale in my Etsy shop as I complete them. I think a houseplant portrait would be a great way to add some greenery to your home if you’ve got a black thumb! First up is one of my favorites, my Chinese Money Plant (Pilea peperomioides).

house plant portrait

house plant portrait

house plant portrait

house plant portrait

house plant portrait

The original painting is available for purchase right here.


  1. Wow! That is beautiful! Maybe I need to give up trying to keep plants alive, and just use paintings of plants! Sounds like a better plan for me!

  2. You are SUCH an amazing artist! That’s just beautifully done. Love your technique.

  3. I love this. I have a few talents (if I do say so myself – ha ha) but taking care of plants and painting are not two of them!

  4. This is lovely! I love how simple you can make things, yet still creating depth and interest. So amazing.

  5. Love your illustrative style, if that’s what I”m trying to say. XD Your blog is just lovely, and I always feel like I’m visiting a greenhouse or something whenever I visit. :P

  6. This is the most adorable little house plant! You captured it so well.

  7. I’ve always been a fan of your work, would love to have a Wit & Whistle one of a kind in my own home! Excited for the paintings to come

  8. What a cute little plant :) the painting looks great!

  9. Trish W

    A lovely painting! What kind of plant is that? I’ve never seen it before.

  10. Elin

    What paint and material is it that you use? :) I would love to start making little paintings like this once again! :D

  11. do you mind sharing what photoshop actions you use to give your photos a warm tone? I saw that you used MCPactions but do you by any chance know the name of your action?

    I can’t ever seem to get my photos “just right.” they always seem washed out or some other problem.

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      The action I use is a customized one I created for my photos, not an MCP action. MCP offers a lot of similar ones with that warm glow though!

  12. Totally agree, flora art can add a burst of aliveness to any space. Lovely plant + illustration!

  13. Hey Amanda!

    I’m in love with this plant (and your artwork, as usual) but I cannot seem to track one down for purchase, anywhere! Where is the world did you find/buy this beauty?!


  14. Mae

    I’m so glad she asked! I’m on the wait list! =D

    P.S. – In regards to the last post, LOVE the hair! {wink&whistle}

  15. Dal


    I am looking for this plant but they do not sell it in the garden centers, would it be possible to get a cutting. Dal

    • Amanda (wit & whistle)

      I can’t offer you a cutting of mine, but keep an eye out on Ebay. Sometimes you can find more obscure plants for sale there.

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