6. Black-Eyed Susan

Black-Eyed Susan, chalk pastels on paper, 2004

Black-Eyed Susan, chalk pastels on paper, 2004

This perhaps is the first pastel piece where I began to explore my fascination with flowers.  I recall seeing my first Georgia O’Keefe’s amazing flower pieces in Santa Fe.  They blew me away.  The colors, the scope.  Her paintings introduced me to the idea that within the petals of a flower exists an entire world, if only that we would pay attention.

The idea for this piece came from a photo I’d taken of a black-eyed susan in my garden.   I’d planted a black-eyed susan and lavender into the garden some months before.  And in this photo, I’d captured the swirls of color, out of focus, in the background.  The flower itself was slightly turned away, as if I could (like Picasso) capture both sides of the flower at the same time.

There are no pure colors in this image.  Yellows give way to oranges and greens.  Greens to grays.  Browns to blacks.  It is as if the flower needs to show us just how vibrant and live life truly is.

~ by Delfino on 2008/12/16.

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