Friday, July 22, 2011

A Pink Iris and an Episode of the Twighlight Zone

Prissy Miss
Pink Iris
Pastel,  9 x 12

The days of blooming iris have come and gone here in Iowa,  but the painting lives on.  I used a dark background for this because it really makes the flower and buds"pop" and shows off the stately leaves of the plant.  I can never get enough of iris and love painting them from every different angle - close ups like this one, even closer-ups after the style of Georgia O'Keefe, and fields of them like Van Gogh.  They are a fascinating study and I can't imagine that I will ever tire of them.  There is always a new way of looking at them.

Speaking of a new way of looking at things, the other evening I walked into the dining room and found this creature leaning against my buffet...


 Maybe I have been watching too much science fiction on TV - I am a closet Stargate fan - and it does look different in daylight, but this gave me a bit of a start.  For just a micro-second, I thought that some other-worldly creature had come in and unpacked his bag.   OK, I knew better, I didn't call 911 or anything, but that was the thought that entered my mind.   It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that I have been "blessed" or perhaps "cursed" with a vivid imagination ever since childhood - depending on your point of view.  Maybe I was struck by a stray meteorite or something.  While it merely caused people to shake their heads in amazement when I was growing up,  these days it would probably land me in therapy...

4 comments:

Totally Timmy said...

We use to have pretty purple and yellow tipped iris at the farm. Your beautiful pic reminded me of them. I have also jumped from strange objects being in the shadows so don't feel too bad..lol

martinealison said...

Très jolie travail... Je ne connaissais pas les iris roses... En ce moment dans ma dernière toile je suis en train de peindre des iris aussi...
Une publication pleine de charme grâce à vous.
Bisous.

Vernita Bridges Hoyt said...

I love your Iris paintings, all of them. Della, your imagination keeps you creating, but I can see how in the dark with a little moonlight streaming in, that contraption could have looked like a creature. I am so glad it didn't get you. :)

L. D. Burgus said...

It looks like I need to take that stuff to the basement before you take out your laser sword and chop it to pieces.