In my last post, I mentioned a photograph from Ingrid’s garden that I was inspired to paint. We decided that we would both paint it over the month of June.
Our styles are very different, so I knew the results would be interesting and in no way similar. Her works are whimsical, full of colour and expression. I decided to push my colour palette, take a page out of Georgia O’Keeffe’s book and focus on the shapes at the center of the iris. It is a big departure from my usual fare and was it fun and challenging!
These paintings are the last bit of spring, while the summer heat begins to take hold. The perfect symmetry of a springtime iris is short lived. The rain, which is frequent during its season, weighs down and bends its delicate layers. Ingrid, caught this one at the perfect time.
* Iris, acrylic on canvas, 20×24″