Tags: floral art - iris - blue flower - surrealism - oil painting - 6x8 - alla prima - original art
Back to oils and florals for a bit....
Pale Blue Iris & Pink Sky
oil on board
I love irises. They are probably my favorite flower, and I developed somewhat of an obsession with them during the time I was living in CT. In late May through early June, I would cruise both my neighborhood and the downtown home gardens with my camera, taking photos of every beautiful variety I could. Bi-colors, bearded, dwarf, native, cultivated....I love them all.
As luck would have it, a neighbor a few doors down from us also seemed to have an obsession with iris, and each spring, his garden would have new cultivars to photograph and enjoy. His wife told me that he had a special fondness for purple iris varieties. This particular iris is from his spring garden last year.
I knew this would be a challenge to paint - all those creases and folds and subtle variations in hue and value could result in a major frustration. I just approached it as nothing more than a series of abstract shapes. A limited palette worked perfectly - cadmium yellow light, alizarin crimson and Van Gogh cobalt blue. I mention the brand here because Talens/Van Gogh is actually a student-grade oil. I didn't know this when I bought it, and the pigment is actually ultramarine blue. However, its low tinting strength - normally a negative and one reason I don't use student-grade oils - turns out to be its best feature.
It turned out better than I thought it would, and I purposely tried to keep blending and excessive brush-strokes to a minimum. The background was done as the suggestion of a landscape - looks a little bit like a mesa...hmm.