I am adding to my Black and White Beauties for a show later on this month at the Richfield Church.  The iris is my next flower.  I like the ruffleness( not a word) of the Petals.  One challenge for me is doing the strips on some of the flowers that have the dark strips.  I think doing these I really have to concentrate on the subtle shadows and overlapping petals.

Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made, and forgot to put a soul into.  ~Henry Beecher, Life Thoughts, 1858

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers, and as the human heart, imagining itself alone and unwatched, feels most deeply in the night-time, so seems it as if the flowers, in musing modesty, await the mantling eventide ere they give themselves up wholly to feeling, and breathe forth their sweetest odours. Flow forth, ye perfumes of my heart, and seek beyond these mountains the dear one of my dreams! ~Heinrich Heine, “The Hartz Journey” (1824), Pictures of Travel, translated from German by Charles Godfrey Leland, 1855

Acrylic on Galley Wrapped Canvas

18 x 24

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