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20180702_080027This little plant is called Cardamine bulbosa, and it likes to have its feet wet. As it happens, so do I, so we run into each other a lot. I quite like how it tosses its little bells out there like its having a party, and that inspired how I approached its portrait. I’ve been saying for quite some time that I yearn for the freedom of extraction, and so for this one I just turned my brush loose. I wanted to let the colors romp about and talk to each other, and then superimpose the flower. The fun part of this is you have no idea how the painting will ultimately look. You just keep playing and looking until you are pleased with it.

As I was gazing at it, thinking of what I wanted to say about it, I realized it reminded me of those fireworks that explode in a white starburst. Perfect! Happy Birthday, America!

…Now, if you’ll excuse me, my little dog, who also likes to have his feet wet, needs a bath…

24 thoughts on “Fireworks

  1. It is lovely! Your narrative is delightful. Hope you’re soaked after giving Pete his bath. I usually am!

    Happy 4th Melissa!

    1. Haha, yea, we’re both pretty wet! πŸ™‚
      Thank you Deborah! And happy 4th to you!

  2. Glad you didn’t get cold feet and went for it, exuberant and happy, very nice floral fireworks! Happy 4th!

  3. Explosive and exuberant, love the colors.

    1. Thank you so much, Tom!

  4. Marvelous! Have to agree with Tom and Robert… especially the exuberant part! πŸ˜€

    1. LOL! Thanks, Gunta!

  5. I really like the different greens you have used in this painting – bluish and yellowish.

    1. Thank you Emma. Your use of color has really inspired me!

      1. Wow. Thank you.

      2. πŸ™‚

  6. Love the exuberance. Happy 4th of July. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you!

  7. Our town had scheduled its fireworks for the evening of July 3rd, and it rained buckets — four inches in an hour at one point. And then, it kept raining, so most of the fireworks shows for the 4th were cancelled or done differently. There was so much flooding in Houston they set off the fireworks, but without an audience. People watched them on tv.

    Which is to say — it’s nice to have your fireworks to enjoy! When I read the name of the flower, I first read Carmina Burana rather than Cardamine bulbosa. It’s not completely inappropriate, since one of the pieces in Carmina Burana is called “The Joyous Face of Spring,” and you certainly have shown that in your painting.

    1. Oh my~I love that!
      I’m sorry to hear that all of your fireworks were flooded out. Things have been pretty soggy around here as well. Are you drying out?

    2. That’s an excellent misreading. As for your fireworks, it’s too bad the rain didn’t hold Orff.

  8. You’ve painted the best floral fireworks ever.

    1. And that is the best comment ever! Thank you.

  9. I can hear the little bells tolling, Melissa, a beautiful sound.

    1. Ah, thank you! πŸ™‚

  10. I love the colours in this. They seem to dance with one another and capture the personality you describe in your text.

    1. Thank you so much, Jane! It is such a departure for me, but I enjoyed painting it and am delighted that you like it too.

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