Zinnias in Art

September 23, 2012

I came across this Mary Cassatt portrait, which features a red zinnia.  That was inspiration enough to try my hand at painting one (which ended up being two).

Woman with a Red Zinnia, 1891, by Mary Cassatt

Detail of Cassatt’s painting, Woman with a Red Zinnia

Watercolor sketch of zinnia

Another watercolor sketch of a zinnia


7 Responses to “Zinnias in Art”

  1. oh the second one is just … breathtaking!

  2. shoreacres Says:

    I’ve never seen this Cassatt. I know, I know – Cassatt’s a great painter, and I do enjoy her work. But I like your red zinnias better than hers in this case.

  3. Adrienne Says:

    Your zinnia, which is one of my favorite cutting garden flowers, is beautiful, Rosemary! Beyond amazing! The ability to transfer, with such accurate detail what your eyes see, onto paper… You inspire me! So much so that I am taking my first watercolor painting class tomorrow. A six-week beginners class that runs through October. Have you taken classes? I have observed that you notice things as you pass through your day. Too often in our hurried, harried lives, we miss the beauty that surrounds us. A painter must pause and really notice the details. It is when we are truly immersed in that pause, releasing the concerns of this world even momentarily, that we feel peace and joy and gratitude.

    • Rosemary Says:

      Adrienne, good luck with your class. I think you obviously have the eye and talent (and passed these traits on to your daughters), so I hope you share some of your new creations on your blog. I had a great art teacher in 7th and 8th grades, then took applied design classes through the college of home economics at the U of M during my final year at the university. It’s been many years since I’ve taken up a pen or brush, and now I’m finding my way slowly, pretty much on my own. I’m enjoying the process, as I’m sure you will.

  4. Sallyann Says:

    That last painting is just simply brilliant. 🙂

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