|All Hail the Queen|
9 x 12
Pastel on Art Spectrum Raw Sienna
One of the reasons I enjoy painting plants and enjoy nature in general is pattern. This painting is inspired by a close up image of the Queen Victoria agave. She's a small and rather compact agave. One could easily pass her by. But when you look closely, the pattern of her beauty emerges in the very interesting white margins on the leaves.
While the pattern is beautiful in nature, it can be challenging to paint. I started this painting and got quite frustrated and walked away. The next day, I came back to it and easily finished it out. I had gotten impatient the day before. When I returned, I just settled in and painted, getting lost in the pattern..and before I knew it, she "arrived".
A couple of progress shots and the framed version below. She'll have her first outing in public next weekend at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival in Dallas. I'm in booth 31.