Ave del paraíso

Bird of Paradise

The exotic star of the garden of my childhood home in San Diego was an enormous Bird of Paradise plant.  Ave del Paraíso en español.

I loved to arrange those beautiful birds in one of my mother’s beautiful vases, pronounced with a flat midwestern “a.” She loved fancy things but did want to be fancy.

Arranging Bird of Paradise is a collaboration with the flower. Like many tropical plants have their own minds. You must follow their lead.

In México the “Birds” are so exotic. Juan Galindo owns the most beautiful gallery Calli Intra Muros in Ajijic, the resort town on Lake Chapala about an hour or so from Guadalajara. It is located in an old Spanish Colonial home with a glorious tropical garden filled with exotic plants and sculptures.  This “Ave del Paraíso” is so unusual. It inspired a fantasy based on the plant.

Ave del Paraíso is so much more romantic than Bird of Paradise.



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This is the photography of the exquisite Ave del paraíso  in the tropical garden at Calli Intra Muros in Ajijic.  It is difficult to imagine the scale.  This is an enormous plant.  Over six feet tall, two meters.  And, twice as wide.  When you visit the Lake Chapala area, visit Calli Intra Muros in Ajijic.


Matte Canvas Thin Stretched, Sunset Cotton Etching


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Fine Art Paper Finishing

Unless otherwise requested, all fine art paper prints will come with a one-inch border for ease of framing.   If you don’t want a border, let me know.  The art looks beautiful without a border “floated” (placed on top) of matte board. 

There are several options with deckled edge which should be floated on a matte.  Please contact me to discuss the options.

Canvas Stretching

I print on two types of canvas, matte finish (an elegant, smooth flat finish) and gloss finish (shinier and reflective).  In general, I prefer the matte finish.  These can be thin stretched on ¾ inch stretcher bars.  They can be hung unframed or framed.  Some pieces can be gallery wrapped where the image wraps around the side.  Or the side can be white, black or a complimentary color that I usually choose to go with the artwork.  There are other options.  You can have the canvas stretched over 1.5 inch stretcher bars, a dramatic look. 

Metal Prints

The metal prints have the look of a plexiglass or acrylic print and are more economical.

The Metal Print with a Float Hanger  

The surface white Gloss Metal Prints has a white base to maximize color and contrast. Its high gloss surface provides a metallic look while preserving the white points in an image. Final product should display high level luminescence effect for seemingly superior image density and contrast.

Metal Silver Gloss

The surface has a clear metallic base providing a true metallic look. Higher gloss surface allowing a more silver appearance. Provides a maximum luminescence effect for seemingly superior image density and contrast.

I am happy to provide advice on framing and can help you with this process.  Contact me.  I love to work with my clients!