This painting came so easily and quickly. Carmen, my stuffed armadillo, shares my desire to explore an exotic sunny word. She looks determined, if a little wary. Just like me when faced with new experiences. I gave her tropical plants that don't survive outside in a Seattle winter. This isn't a comfy image. But it is a happy and exciting one.
The plant is kalanchoe thyrsifolia or "paddle plant" which is native to South Africa.