|Milk and Honey|
12 x 9
Pastel on UArt 600 Sanded Paper
I find this flower simply astonishing. It looks artificial it's so beautiful. It's a creamy greenish white bloom has an almost waxy appearance - hence the artificial appearance. When you get really close to it, you can see the beauty of the pattern. The purple and lilac extensions of the star points (stamens perhaps?). The center pistil/ovary area is green and brown and the stripes correspond perfectly with the star points. Symmetry in nature is a beautiful magical thing. I suppose that's why I like painting botanical specimens and animals. When I paint, I look - REALLY look at the source. It is then that I amazed by the details of beauty- even in a weed.
I think sometimes we perceive ourselves as less than the perfect children of the universe that we are. But we have a purpose and a beauty - especially in our imperfection. It's all about our progress not our perfection. This 'imperfect' weed has a very special purpose for the butterfly. I'm so taken with the idea of imperfection that I'm considering ways to add an intentional surprise in all of my paintings. Something that some may not see as beautiful. See if you can find this one. There is another one in "Lotus Contemplation"
XOXO KK - we'll be missing you. See you on the other side....