10" x 13"
A weekend of rain and gray, a return to cold, damp weather has me longing for the tease of spring and COLOR! Doris suggested we paint iris and I took up her challenge. You can see Doris' beautiful flowers here (www.flickr.com/photos/djr-aquarelle/6932209927/in/contacts/).
I find painting iris somewhat challenging --- it's hard to get that deep, rich, velvety purple that defines traditional irises - and yet give the petals the softness that also defines them. This is such a regal flower - tall, erect, and filled with symbolism.
The flower has been stylized into what we know as the 'fleur-d-lis,' and has been associated with wisdom, faith, and hope. It's the emblem of France and Florence, Italy as well as the state of Tennessee. It's also symbolic of cherished friendship, hope and promise in love.
Our spring days of warmth have brought these flowers out of their winter slumber, and even my own garden is sporting their spear-like blades and tips of purple as they await the sun's return next week before they open. Yet the forecast is for some freezing nights and the chance of frozen precipitation.
Brave flowers, the iris ... especially this year.
Have a great day!