Friday, May 14, 2010
But life is beautiful to behold and most of the summer birds have returned and are serenading me as I type. The Baltimore and Orchard Orioles are back and hitting the grape jelly hard and the hummingbirds are chasing each other around their feeders.
I've taken to working on drawings each night - my days are full with web site work for clients and painting time has not revisited me in some months...it is discouraging but this too shall pass.
The Iris study is another of the many things stuck in the nooks and crannies of my brain. Sometimes these are hard to retrieve but this was drawn from a photograph I took just last spring here at the studio.
We have done native planting around the studio and the studio deck. There's a small fountain north of the deck that has a small clump of native wild iris - Iris shrevei, also sometimes called wild blue flag, or southern blue flag. This iris is native to the marshes here in NW Iowa.
In the past I'd typically vignette the flowers from their background but I was rather taken with the out of focus Wild Columbine leaves in the background of the photograph so, with a little rearranging, I left them in as a foil for the irises.
The prairie is picking up speed here and this is the time of year that outside work becomes nearly full time...I love it! I need to get out and anything for a good excuse!
See you outside...