Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Brown Beauty, Oil Painting of a Rudbeckia, by Kim Blair

Brown Beauty
8x10 oil on canvas

Rudbeckia Photo

Brown Beauty was inspired by this reference photo I snapped of some gorgeous rudbeckia flowers that were lovingly planted near a business a few blocks from our home, here in the Highlands... a few summers ago.   You can see where I made use of my artistic license by enhancing and changing a few areas... which re-enforces the concept that the reference material/photo is purely for inspiration and guidance.

Named after the Swedish botanist Olaf Rudbeck (1660-1740), these vibrant beauties provide nectar for butterflies during the summer and seeds for overwintering birds.

They add whimsy and interest to a winter garden when their petals have dropped and snow collects on top of their bulbous centers making them look like upside down exclamation marks!

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