P I N E A P P L E | L E A V E S | did you know that those gorgeous, and utterly lovely air plants, Tillandsia, are related to pineapple.

Pineapple (Ananas comosus) belongs to the Bromeliaceae family, and so does the Tillandsia genus. Their leaves, stripped of its fruit, make it clear just how much they look alike.

Air plants or epiphytes | epi.phyte meaning on or upon plant | are plants that grow on another plant, rock, or another suitable surface. Tillandsia, for example can grow along a wire or string. What’s interesting about epiphytes is that they’re not parasites, they simply use the plant they grow on as a growing surface, without stealing any of its nutrients. Several don’t even have roots, they absorb moisture with their entire body.

E X A M P L E S of epiphytes are MOSSES, FERNS, a great deal of ORCHIDS (the reason for their unusual care), LICHENS (not a plant, but a fungi, still called epiphytes because their growing behaviour falls under the epiphyte definition), and ALGAE.

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
—  Aristotle

Here are some quick portrait-studies I painted this week. I mainly focused on understanding lighting and simplifying in few values (I guess I still use too many).

I also created a little pinterest-collection of portrait-photographs I find worthy painting for studying, if you are interested:…/portrait-painting-reference-wit…/

Greeeeeeeets :)