Do you love purple flowers? I do, they are refreshing to see standing tall in Texas’ blazing summer heat. Well as luck has it, we have wild purple day lily’s that are more than abundant in our yard – they’ve taken over. Not that I’m complaining, they are gorgeous and fun to watch, opening in the early morning and then after a long day of trying to beat the heat, the little purple guys fall off – the next day the cycle starts all over again. So I thought why not ~
Wild Purple Day Lily’s (7×5) oil pastel is of an area in our yard where purple lily’s grow thick and wild hugging the wrought iron fence – so pretty (I’ve taken more photographs than I can count). The painting was done on an ampersand board, using an acrylic underpainting and several coats of clear gesso for additional tooth and primarily Senneliers and Holbeins OPs. For textures a painters knife and a razor blade were used.
A quick story about this particular spot in our yard – at the beginning of summer last year my husband was working in the yard, happy about the area he cleaned out. So I went to have a look, well don’t you know it he plowed all the day lily’s down thinking they were weeds! LOL, I mean to tell you ~ so what do you think happened, ha, they grew back thicker!
Enjoy my gecko friend who was on the fence while I was taking photographs, cute isn’t he? Have a great weekend ~ click onto the image for a larger view.
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