Hibiscus photo & drawings: First Friday Art

For this First Friday Art post, I’m sharing a hibiscus photo and a few drawings. I took this picture of a Spin the Bottle Hibiscus, Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, at the Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon. I’m not sure who came up with the common name, but it’s a funny one!


I’m sharing a quick pen-and-ink drawing I did of Hibiscus flowers. I’m participating in Inktober, a challenge where you make a drawing a day for a month based on prompts.

I tend to fuss over my artwork a lot, so for this challenge, I’m trying to draw fast. You create a different kind of artwork when working quickly. Is it perfect? No, but it’s a freeing experience. The goal is to capture the essence of your subject.

You can interpret the prompts any way you want to. Here was my interpretation of ‘bouquet’ from the October 5 prompt.

Hibiscus bouquet

Here’s my drawing of the ‘flame’ prompt from October 6. I spent a little more time on this one.

campfire drawing

Here’s a drawing I did from one of last year’s prompts. Can you guess what it’s showing?

Mouse drawing

The prompt was ‘risk.’ 😉

You can share the drawings you create during Inktober with the public on their site. I’m sharing mine on a private site with a few family members, all of whom are better artists than me. 😉

Do you have artwork you would like to share? Be sure to include the First Friday Art tag.

First Friday Art (FFA)

8 thoughts on “Hibiscus photo & drawings: First Friday Art

  1. First, your drawings are beautiful. Second, the color of that Hibiscus is amazing! Not sure if I ever mentioned before that my husband’s family started the forestry division in Oregon many many years ago. Elliot State Forest is his great grandfather (The Elliot name)

    • Thanks, Christine! Yeah, I have never seen a hibiscus that color. Yes, you have mentioned your connection to Oregon’s forests. What an honor!

  2. That hibiscus is wonderful, what a colour! And I love your drawings. That sounds an interesting challenge for an artist, I hope you’ll share more of your pieces over the duration?

    • Thanks, Sarah! Yes, I loved the color of that hibiscus. I may share more of my quick drawings. You should see my daughter’s – they are amazing. 😀

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