About a month ago, here in southern Indiana, we had a white out blizzard. The snow was coming down sideways, windy, and it stuck to everything. Very beautiful but frankly, everyone I know around here was pretty darn tired of winter.
Then the past six weeks, we’ve had spring shoving in on us with summer not far behind. Record high temperatures. This pushes and squeezes all the flowers in the garden. I have been hurriedly trying to capture my favorite flowers before they’re gone!
I have several varieties of irises which are always so beautiful to me, from the tall, stately white iris, to the delicate light purple iris. Some were here when we bought the property. Some I traded with friends. They all smell delicious.
The problem with painting in the heat, even in the speedy medium of watercolor and pen and ink, is that the flowers change so rapidly. I’ll do a painting in the afternoon, then go back to the studio after dinner to discover the elegant iris I painted earlier has crumpled in upon itself. This is speed painting at its most challenging.
These will be on my Etsy shop in a day or two, if you’re interested.