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Chicago Botanic Garden Irises

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Here is a happy splash of color to celebrate spring. I’ve been wanting to push myself past a merely narrative style with my work, and make it more playful. Also, I have been inspired by the wonderful photographs you all share. I’ve been struck by color combinations that I wanted to try out. For this one, I wanted to let blue green and yellow green play together, as well as pushing in the direction of abstraction.

19 thoughts on “Chicago Botanic Garden Irises

  1. Gorgeous! The colors are vivid and go so well together. They play well together. 🙂

    1. Thanks Jim! I had such a good time swirling them together. It makes me happy that you enjoy it too. 🙂

  2. Beautiful and full of colour. Would love it as a painting on a wall.

    1. Oh, I appreciate that~thank you!

  3. Oh, this is wonderful, Melissa. Very springy and playful!

    1. Thank you Mary!

  4. You color palette is gorgeous as are the Iris’. I just love those! I tried painting some in watercolor last month…not easy! I’d like to wander around this garden.

    1. I couldn’t ask for a more wonderful compliment, Deborah! Thank you. Irises are a challenge to paint. I kept fiddling with these until my daughter said, “Enough!”

  5. Sumptuous colors. Reminds me a bit of Monet’s gardens.

    1. I certainly share a love of color with Monet. 🙂

  6. It’s a coincidence that you should be talking of Chicago. A short while ago we watched a documentary about Jens Jensen, whom we hadn’t heard of. He had a lot to do with landscaping in Chicago and also worked for preservation of the Indiana Dunes nearby:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jens_Jensen_%28landscape_architect%29

    Happy playful garden to you.

  7. Yes, he also planted Scots Pines along the Dead River at Illinois Beach State Park. I thought they were beautiful but they have now been removed because they aren’t native. I’m glad I have photos of their stately presence there. It wasn’t a good decision to plant them there, perhaps but overall he did beautiful work.

    1. According to the television show, he was also an early appreciator of the American prairie and created a garden of prairie wildflowers after some alien things that he’d planted died.

  8. Lovely, Melissa. Simply lovely. Xx

  9. This is just beautiful, Melissa. I love irises, and I found them wild in abundance this year. Not only that, I found some flowers in the iris family that I never would have suspected of being related.

    I especially like the mix of color in the painting. Great swaths of single species, like our bluebonnets, can be spectacular, but there’s something about seeing yellow-pink-blue-orange all together that makes me smile.

    Do you happen to know if these are native? I didn’t realize until this year how different native irises can be from the cultivated varieties, like the big, bearded blooms. They’re all deilghtful, no doubt about that.

  10. Hi Linda,
    Thank you! These colors make me smile, too.
    These irises are not native. You are right~there really are a surprising number of irises. A few years back I took a a bulb class at the Botanic Garden and I was amazed at the may types of iris. Here our native species is blue flag. Psuedocarus, a lovely yellow iris, is an invasive weed that I secretly harbor in a wet corner of my garden. Shhhh 🙂

  11. This is really quite beautiful, Melissa. Really. A lovely bouquet palette…or palette bouquet. 🙂 I imagine the aroma was a delightful experience as well.

  12. Thank you Steve. I love your play on words 🙂

  13. Gorgeous painting, Melissa :-). I love the way you captured the lusciousness of a dense and vibrant flower garden. The colours and your somewhat impressionistic style make me feel like I’m in Vancouver in the spring. And I really like you idea of the blue green and yellow green playing together. Looks beautiful!

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