Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Inner Beauty I: Hollyhock Happiness, by Canadian Artist Kim Blair

Flowers have an inner beauty that we may not notice at first glance.  The exquisiteness of a single bloom maybe overlooked when it is arranged in a bouquet with other gorgeous specimens.  Now, I am not suggesting that you shouldn't purchase artfully arranged bouquets, what I am saying is that the next time you receive some flowers, perhaps you might take a bit of extra time to look closer... marvel at the individual beauty and charm of a petal, or stamen.  Notice the thick, powder pollen that makes up the anthers... the delicate veins running through a transparent petal... the flirty twist of a leaf that is attached to a wispy stem.
Or in this case, the center of a hollyhock...

Let's not treat flowers like fast food.  Instead, let's savory the fragrance, texture and visual pleasure they have to offer.  Take time to stop and smell the flowers!

12x12 oil on canvas. 

1 comment:

Susan E. Roden said...

Wonderful thoughts on individualism Kim! And the painting is a beauty to behold.