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Spring Beauty


This past weekend I was asked to paint on location at a new store in our area, called Summer’s Boutique. It is a wonderful shop featuring up-cycled furniture and art objects. If you are in the area, look it up. You’ll be delighted with the treasures you’ll find.

I had it in mind to createΒ a demure botanical painting with a nearly white background. By now I should know, that just wasn’t going to happen! Yesterday the painting and I had a long discussion, and this is how things turned out. I’ll never be invited to join a botanical art society, that’s for sure πŸ™‚

50 thoughts on “Spring Beauty

  1. I love it!

  2. Yay, thank you so much Angela! Say, what are you up to these days? Are you writing a blog I don’t know about?

  3. Beautiful! You inspire me to start painting again. Wished there were more than 24 hours in a day.

    1. Don’t you, though? When I read about the things you are doing with your dogs, I think, “Oh, I should be doing that!” sigh.

      1. Let’s celebrate to be inspired!

  4. This is particularly lovely πŸ™‚

    1. You are so kind, Phil. Thank you πŸ™‚

      1. You recently visited my old cricket related site, Melissa which I appreciated, so we’re both kind πŸ™‚

  5. Giggles! I think it would be impossible to find that flower in nature with a white or nearly white background! I love the delicate petals. And I can imagine it on the lush floor of a little forest clearing with some nearby flowers to keep it company. πŸ™‚

    1. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I always thought “proper” botanical paintings made the plants look lonely! Thank you so much Myriam.

      1. Lol! So true. πŸ™‚

  6. Great! really love this. I was just walking in a big old conservatory this weekend, and getting impatient for spring and to see some flowers outside, this picture helps! πŸ™‚

    1. Oh, good! It can really lift the spirit to see the early flowers, can’t it? Thank you!

  7. I think it turned out marvelously~ πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Eliza!

  8. Oh, I just love it! The flowers and all the surrounding colors! The sky is fantastic!

    1. Thank you so much! I used a different color~a new favorite, Prussian Blue. I’m so happy you like it!

  9. Your ‘discussion’ turned out a beautiful result.

  10. There is something joyful and glowing about this painting. Isn’t not knowing what will evolve such a pleasure?

  11. Yes, Robyn, the not knowing is everything. I’m delighted the joy comes through! Thank you!

  12. This is lovely, Melissa. I’m as fond of the leaves as of the bloom. There’s just something about that sinuous reach that appeals to me. I saw some first iris blooming in a ditch last weekend, with their own long leaves. When my ditch diamonds start appearing, it truly is spring.

    1. I’m tickled you like the leaf~I really worked on that. It is a funny coincidence that you mention a ditch. What I started to write in my post was the story of where I found this particular flower growing, and its provenance. It was going to be a complaint about the village I live in insisting on putting curbs on my street, creating a severe flooding problem which they are now going to solve by giving us our very own ditch! The spring beauties sprang up from the fill they used from the curb to the sidewalk, and which they will now be digging up. But I shall rescue my little spring beauties, and then I shall fill my ditch with ditch diamonds πŸ™‚

    2. Did you make up the expression “ditch diamond” or have you encountered it elsewhere? Either way, it’s new to me.

      1. It’s mine, and the working title of a blog entry. I came up with it last year.

      2. Happy new alliteration to you.

  13. I think it’s simple and elegant! I love your skies and the colors you choose to make them. An all white background can be boring too.

  14. Thank you Deborah!

  15. This is wonderful and the feeling so peaceful!

    1. Thank you Maria. When you tell me my work is peaceful it causes me to look at it in a different way~I’m so glad it strikes you in that way!

  16. This is very wonderful, I love the way the petals are catching the light and shadows just right, perfectly accented against an intriguing background

    1. Thank you so much for your generous comment!

  17. What a lovely flower. I may not make it to the furniture store, but I am thrilled that you painted this for them

  18. Thank you so much, Eddie. You are so kind.

  19. The upper flower struck me as a white butterfly.

    1. I intended to go back and make that more defined until I stepped back and realized it was nice as it was. I love it that it suggests a butterfly to you.

      1. It’s a product of my fluttering brain.

  20. I just looked up Claytonia virginica and found that it’s in a botanical family I’ve never heard of, Montiaceae, known as the miner’s lettuce family. Then I learned that I’d never heard of it because it’s new. According to Wikipedia: “The family Montiaceae was newly adopted in the APG III system and includes members of the Caryophyllales formerly listed in Portulacaceae.”

  21. I confess I don’t pay a lot of attention to families, especially in recent years when the botanists are busy with their shell game. I also confess I liked botany better before gene sequencing~it feels like they are taking the mystery out of things.

    1. It does seem like a shell game, but the truth must be known.

      1. I guess…

  22. Forget the botanical art societies. It’s a beautiful picture.

    1. Thank you! That takes the sting out of being excluded πŸ™‚

  23. Lovely – and I’m partial to color so yeah to no white background! The delicate stamens and fine lines of red/pink color on the petal – perfect.

  24. Thanks Kim! Color is just too much fun to pass up πŸ™‚

  25. Botanical art can be so stiff! I love it when someone has the knowledge to convey the details, at least some of them, but also the sense to convey the feeling of a plant, and to play with it a little. I trust you enjoyed yourself and I’m sure others enjoyed watching! I love those fine, thread-like pink lines – my favorite part of that plant. And the sense of delight.

  26. I love the richness of the background. Have I ever linked you to the amazing Marianne North?…..she didn’t do demure botanical paintings either. I like the idea of painting on location in a store. Wish more stores would do that.

  27. Thank you! And, oh yes, Marianne North’s work is just wonderful. Thank you for the link, I really enjoyed prowling through the collections. She doesn’t seem to be much mentioned. I wonder why?

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