Saturday, September 24, 2016

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Blue Beauty

Blue Beauty
7.25" x 10.5"

I've been going through some older paintings and studies that I have done over the years and came across this little beauty, which I named Blue Beauty.

I did this painting years ago for the National Iris Convention held in Victoria, BC. I was asked to participate as an artist at this convention and since irises hold a special memory for me, I chose to be a part of the convention.

Irises are special to me because they were my grandmother's favorite flower. She took real pleasure from her garden and I always enjoyed rambling through the one she had at her house. Towards the end of her life, my grandmother had to move in with my parents, giving up the garden she had worked on for so many years. At this time I was attending university and I enjoyed being able to visit her whenever I went home for a visit. We would watch old movies like Gone With the Wind and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and on Saturday nights, the Lawrence Welk Show.
My grandmother passed away while I was in my third year of university. It was New Year's Eve and she had survived cancer but died from an infection she received at the hospital. It was sad to have her go that way. 
She must have known she would not survive the winter though. For the next spring, an amazing thing began to happen in my mother's garden. Over a hundred iris plants began to bloom all over the yard. All different colors and varieties. I remember going home and seeing all these amazing plants in the yard and asking my mother about them. My mother was amazed also for she had no idea that her mother had planted so many of them. It was a beautiful reminder of a beautiful person. 
So whenever I see an iris, I think of my grandmother and the message she sent that she is still there, watching over us. And each iris that I paint, is a tribute to my grandmother. 


Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

very delicate looking flower and what a wonderful touching memory to hae of your grandmother :)

Louise said...

Beautiful, and I love your story...I also have painted Iris's and have very strong family connections with them and my family...Several of my family were gardeners and Iris growers...grandparents, Aunts and I, myself, took it up because of their influences...Lovely tear rendering story...♥

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Jennifer, I so appreciate your comments and enjoy your work and blog as well. Thank you!

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Louise, how wonderful to hear that irises are special to you as well. I took a peek into your blog and I can tell how much you love to garden and paint! What awesome and fun pieces you create. Would love to see more.

RH Carpenter said...

A beautiful story, a wonderful memory, and a touching reminder of your grandmother each time you see or paint an iris :) Thanks for sharing - this one is truly a blue beauty!

Leslie Redhead Watercolors said...

Thank you Rhonda. Her favorite color was blue so I am especially fond of blue irises.

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