House Plant Portrait No. 5

I love philodendrons even though they’re common and not terribly interesting. They do well in low light and will happily forgive you if you forget to water them for a few weeks. They also vine out all over the place, which is so satisfying. I’ve killed almost every kind of house plant, but I have yet to kill a philodendron. Once I even tried to kill one! I wanted to replace it with a different plant, so I didn’t water it for at least a month. It just kept on living. Finally I threw it out still alive—horrible, I know. If you think you can’t keep house plants alive, I challenge you to kill a philodendron.

This original gouache painting is for sale right here!

house plant portrait by Amanda Wright

house plant portrait by Amanda Wright

house plant portrait by Amanda Wright

house plant portrait by Amanda Wright


  1. Mary Kemp

    My mother had one. It wilted around a mirror in a dark corner throughout my childhood. She wouldn’t throw it out though and she gave me a shoot from it when I left home. Happily it didn’t last long.

  2. Kirsten

    And I know what you mean about philodendrons. My grandmother has had one for something like 40 years. Even with neglect, is still living. And thriving. They will still be there after an apocalypse :)

  3. Joanna

    Oooh this is pretty I love working with gouache! And tell me about it, my parents kept one of those plants for YEARS (probably about 10) before finally having to mvoe it out!xx

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      I believe philodendrons are poisonous if eaten, so if your pets are prone to plant eating make sure to put it where they can’t reach. My dogs have never been interested in my house plants.

  4. A Amber

    I have to ask- are you using little ceramic bowls to mix your paints in? I love the idea! Gouache is my favorite to paint with :)

    1. Amanda (wit & whistle) Post author

      It’s actually a porcelain paint palette. They come in a bunch of different shapes and sizes. The gouache doesn’t bead up on porcelain like it does on plastic, so it’s easier to mix the paint and get it onto your brush.

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