|Bringing flowers into the studio and onto the canvas.|
The lupins and iris are blooming and there is a riot of colour outside. I wait every year for this short time – the three week window when iris are in bloom so that I can paint them. Since moving to our house in Nova Scotia a year ago, I am now blessed with hundreds of lupin that ring our garden and our yard and bloom at the very same time as the iris. I am spending each day with my brushes painting these beauties with fluid acrylics.
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The Gathering, acrylic on canvas, 24″ x 30″. Painting by Flora Doehler, 2010.
I am approaching them using more realism than I usually do. I want to really learn and feel the shapes of the petals so that I can know how a Siberian iris is shaped. How a Siberian iris feels. In the past, I grew bearded iris, but last summer, a friend gave me several dozen clumps of iris that are now blooming all over our property!
|One year ago, I planted all these iris clumps everywhere!|
Their grape colour is delightful and I am using dioxazine purple, ultramarine blue, gold green, hansa yellow medium and a touch of quinacridone violet in these paintings. The paint is Golden fluid acrylics. They are my favorites because of the intense colours and ease of use.
|Painting available at Green Willow Studio.|
I am also working on some small canvasses to prep for the Farmer’s and Artist’s Market that is starting up this Sunday in Bear River.
This means I am working to two deadlines: the iris bloom time and the market one! It’s a race that I am quite enjoying!
|Several days of rain and humidity have brought out all the iris. These are bearded iris.|