Magenta Cordyline is one of a family of beautiful exotic palm-like evergreen plants. This particular color – magenta with green overtones – is my favorite but the range of colors in Cordyline includes greens, reds, pinks, purples, yellows, oranges, cream and white. The leaves can also vary greatly in size and shape. I have several Magenta Cordylines growing in my garden; they are quite tough and seem to thrive equally well in half sun and half shade as well as full sun. They also survive dry periods – which we are experiencing a lot recently here in Antigua – very well. I think their colorful leaves create a flamboyant ambience in any garden.
The magenta tones in this painting are balanced by the patch of lime green and touch of turquoise. The raw sienna pulls together the whole composition. This Magenta Cordyline has been the subject of a number of my paintings: I see it every day and am constantly inspired by the changes in reds and pinks and magenta in its leaves according to the time of day. In full sunlight the intensity of the pink magenta can be stunning.
Acrylic on canvas