Sunday, March 2, 2008

Wildflowers and a new painting

Wildflowers are appearing in the desert. On our walk/run with the dog yesterday morning, I spotted the Dwight's Deer Vetch. A clump of wonderful yellow flowers on long, delicate stems. They turn red with age. Here are some close ups. I am pretty sure I have identified these correctly, even if Matthias doesn't believe me. I used my National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Wildflowers. When I first caught a glimpse of these flowers, I was so excited!

I have been in the studio most of the weekend. I am pleased with several of the paintings completed today. Here is a photo of one of them. It is 12 x 12 x 2.5", oil on canvas. The red is more of a brown red, but I am having trouble making the color look just right. These paintings will just always be better in person. !!! no matter how good I get at Photoshop, a camera just doesn't quite capture it.

I thought of the last person to tag for my seven things. It is Jenny, from Dancing Elephant Studio. I think she is in Hawaii right now, but when you get back, Jenny, please tell us seven things. Favorite possessions, books, quotes, whatever. Kay? Kay. Thanks.


High Desert Diva said...

Oh wow! Now I have flower envy. I haven't seen anything blooming yet here :-(

I see we share a fondness for Kingsolver. Have you read Prodigal Summer? My favorite....

priya said...

those are yet another unusual combination of colours in your latest painting. the energy too is different, stronger.
i've been browsing through your etsy. abstract 2 in blue is gorgeous and so is the watercolour called dragonfly wing.

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Hi Karine!
I love your new painting! It is fun to see the flowers. It was 70 here on saturday and I got to ride my bike outside! yay! but then sunday blew in with 4 inches of snow for us and more for others in the area. wow! what a change in just a few hours.
keep the photos coming!
:) m

kate said...

Hi Karine,

I like this painting - there's an intensity in the colours that I like. I think it looks great here, so I imagine it's even better in person.

Oh, I am drooling over the Dwight's Deer Vetch ... I love the name and the way the flowers turn colour. Vetches are one of my favourite plants (that list is pretty long, mind you). I love the shape of the flowers.