After almost four months into retirement, I’ve been able to devote a lot more time to my creative side. This means time spent in the studio as well as venturing out for plein air painting.
One thing that I’ve been having fun with this summer is painting wildflowers. With 90 acres, plus the many streams, country roads, fields and forests in the area, there is plenty of subject matter. In a ten minute walk in almost any direction I can snag a handful of different wildflowers. And the variety keeps changing throughout the season.
My love for wildflowers was born in college when I took a couple of terms of field botany. (Please don’t ask me to categorize any plant through Gray’s Botany; I have totally forgotten how.) But I spent one summer doing an independent study of wildflowers with my amazing professor, Lucky Ward. We would travel together on dusty back roads, collecting samples for the college museum and to press. What an experience!
Wildflowers have always remained beloved friends even though they are often overlooked by many, or just considered “weeds.” Too bad.
So this summer I’ve tackled identifying and painting a lot of local flowers. These are not botanical drawings but merely simple watercolor with pen and ink sketches. My aim is to capture the beauty that surrounds us in the small bits of color that we pass so blythely by.
So, what to do with all these little paintings? I decided to start an Etsy shop called, of course, My90Acres to sell them. No sales so far but I’m hopeful.
Meanwhile, I’ll still be hiking through the weeds, chiggers and all, to see what is blooming this week.