Saturday, January 8, 2011

Wisteria Sky

Wisteria blooms in the spring in North Carolina all through the woods and is considered by some to be an invasive vine. I was brought up in the Bronx were my mother prized her wisteria bush in our back yard. I always thought it was something special, so that when I came to NC and found myself surrounded by the heady, sweet scent, I was delighted.

I painted this backlit bloom with a bottle of Sky vodka casting its blue light across the florets. I must say that for some reason it was a bit of a struggle to paint the background! I tried several colorings and compromised with this which I think pulls the piece towards a more "decorative" feeling than my usual paintings.

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