"Iris - Peking Summer" -- oil on canvas 6x6"
"Iris - Honkey Tonk Blues" -- oil on canvas 6x6"
"Iris - Stairway to Heaven #1" -- oil on canvas 6x6"
"Iris - Good Show #1" -- oil on canvas 6x6"
"Iris - Stairway to Heaven #2" -- oil on canvas 6x6"
"Iris - Good Show #2" -- oil on canvas 6x6"
With the arrival of tourist season up here, we artists have been a flurry of activity, varnishing, framing, schlepping paintings hither and yon to galleries, and I had fallen behind on my blog posts! These are the latest paintings I've done this past week. A friend had called me on Monday, asking if I'd like to join her and a couple other painters at the Iris Farm, west of Traverse City. So glad I went!
It was like stepping into Heaven! Not only was it beautiful -- acres and acres of beautiful flowers in every color, but the smell was wonderful. Sunny and perfect!
Before painting, I took an order form and walked around, picking out varieties I wanted to buy. I ended up with 13, although I'd have loved to have one of everything.
It was pretty hot: about 90. So I only painted 1 little 6x6" there (the "Peking Summer"). I cut stems from the other varieties and brought home to paint in my cool studio. I'd cut 4 but it looks like only 3 would open.
The iris were unlike any I'd seen before: huge and many were very ruffled. I'm so used to seeing older varieties. Iris that somebody's great grandmother brought over, very small and unadorned. So it was pretty exciting!