Sunday, March 8, 2009

Another flower painting


Yesterday I finished both of the desert wildflower paintings I was working on, and dropped them off at the High Desert Nature Museum for the exhibition of wildflower inspired art. There will be a show of art using recycled materials at the same time as the wildflower exhibition. The opening is next Saturday. I think I may have overworked the Beaver Tail Cactus flower painting, but I still like how it turned out. Not bad for the first acrylic painting I've ever done.

This is the second painting I have done in acrylic. It is a painting of the Mojave Asters. Any flower that is purple or lavender colored is a hit with me, so of course I had to paint these. I worked from a photograph I took last spring, but I didn't want it to look tight or too photo realistic. That is not my style.

Pono and I had a nice walk/run this morning. It was a little crisp outside, but the sun is bright and warm. When I stopped to catch my breath and give Pono a little drink of water, I snapped this close up of what I believe is a Mojave Popcorn flower, or cryptantha confertiflora. (It could also be a Yellow Cryptantha, but I am not sure.) In either case, this tiny clump of yellow flowers belongs to the Boraginaceae family, which is the same family as the Forget-me-not. I remember these flowers from last year, because the leaves are quite large, larger than most other green things in the sandy soil, and I was thinking they would produce this big, showy blossom. However, the yellow flower clump is so delicate, that I found myself laughing about my assumption.

I hope everyone has a lovely day! I must go and enjoy some desert sunshine now.

8 comments:

Patricia said...

Oooh Karine, your acrylics are lovely. I can imagine how the petals feel by seeing how you've handled the paint. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work.

lee said...

just why dont you paint in acrylics more often these are amazing and beautiful and the depth of colour I could go on and on.

coloredsock said...

BEAUTIFUL paintings, Karine!! i particularly love the looseness of the asters. you're off to a pretty amazing start with acrylics. dang...

Abby Creek Art said...

Beautiful floral paintings, Karine! I especially like the Asters.

I bet Pono is excited for springtime in the desert!

P.S. Yep...that bunny chasin' Google lover is Maisie O'Neill! Will be postin' a pic of her later today.:)

Melissa and Emmitt said...

karine,
i LOVE your flower paintings! wow! you are a master at new mediums as soon as you begin!
xoxoxo

Nancy and the fatties said...

Karine, you have made your acrylics look so soft and beautiful. Those asters are wonderful - they remind me of purple Texas thistles!
hugs to you and PonoPants...

bindu said...

They are nice. Very different from your work with the monotypes and your other paintings. Apt for Spring!

Peggi Habets said...

Gorgeous!!! I'm surprised they are acrylic, they look so much like watercolor.