9 X 12 Inches
Selenicereus grandiflorus is a night blooming cactus. Each bloom appears for one night each year.
It blooms at night because the plant must wait until the temperatures reach a certain level for the pollinators to come out. One of the main pollinators is the Spinx Moth. If the flower is successfully pollinated, the plant will produce a bright scarlet fruit. From what I have read, this fruit is edible. The reference photo was taken in my garden. This plant only produced one bud this year, and it was unfortunately not pollinated. I had really wanted to see and taste the fruit.
This is done on rose gray Colourfix Paper. I am using thinner. I have found that it helps to give the white petals the waxy look they have in life and smooth the background where I want no texture. The stamens are quite challenging as there are so many. This was my main concern before starting. So far so good. As I get further down the stamens increase in number and then they will need to be grouped and drawing the negative space will be the secret. I will keep you posted.