Iris in Bloom
Have you noticed how beautiful the iris is this year? I’m sure if you have
some growing in your yard you have seen the magnificent blooms that
adorn each flower. Mine seem to be larger and more radiant this spring
than any other year that I can remember.
So as an artist I wanted to capture some lasting memories of these
beauties. With camera in hand I escaped to my front yard. Deep purple,
pale lilac, plum with a touch of yellow, light peach and ivory, all standing
proudly in the sunlight. Each flower begging to be a part of this photo shoot.
How could I even begin to choose? So I thought, why not take a picture of
every single one? Then for me the selection to paint would even be more
difficult, but so much fun! Sadly I couldn’t take photos of every single one;
however I did collect a very nice assortment.
The next task would be to view all of these luscious images and then to
select the one I would paint, for now. The others would have to be patient
and wait for a little while. After much thought and so many tough decisions,
the winner was finally selected.
So what you see is the final painting. The neat fact about this original is that
it is painted on a special canvas using watercolors. How fantastic is that?
I’ll talk a little more about this surface another time, on another day, and in
another blog. So please follow along for more information about this
interesting way of painting with watercolors.
I hope to soon have this painting in the gallery. Until then enjoy your
beautiful iris while they are in bloom. As we all know, these beauties don’t
last nearly long enough. Before you know it they have withered and
passed. However we can be assured that at another time, in another year,
on another spring day, they will appear again to give us their frilly parade of
graceful curves and luscious colors. We can be certain to remember the
beauty we enjoyed this particular spring because we have captured this
memory on canvas making it a lifetime remembrance.