"Dinner Plate" Hibiscus
Acrylic, 12 x 12
The huge, lush blooms of the hibiscus plants would seem to belong in a lush tropical setting rather than an ordinary Iowa garden, yet this beauty is growing right outside my door. A few years ago we discovered that a hardy variety was available that could withstand the harsh Iowa winters. It is one of those bushes that catch you by surprise. The first year we planted it - nothing. The second year there were a few small blooms. leading us to decide we must have been mistaken about it being of the "dinner plate" variety. Then, this summer, we were blessed with this unbelievable sight. The flowers are a good 10 to 12 inches in diameter and we have been treated to a new one every day for several days now. I am thinking that "dinner plate" may be an understatement, this may be the size of a frying pan, or maybe even a hub cap. But the idea of eating off a giant flower is a rather romantic one, so I won't mess with the name.
This flower just had to be painted and I had a wonderful time with it. The contrast in colors, the crepe paper texture and the abstract patterns all appealed to me. Think of it as reminder to look closely at things, everything - or you will miss something wonderful and unexpected! To me it is also a tribute to the Master Artist, the only original creator - all the rest of us either copy or respond to what He has done. Every day I thank Him for His inspiration.
"...they toil not, neither do they spin, yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
This acrylic painting has been listed online on Daily Painters, Art Helping Animals and Chisholm Trail Art. For more information contact me: