Painting is My Practice

May 9, 2016

“The love of a practice, the effort of trying to master it, gives us a different portal through which to enter the world and, thus, another way both to see new places and to draw from our innate beings the things that are potentially contained within it.”
— An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery by Janna Malamud Smith

Last week just one 'Samba rosa' iris was in bloom

Last week just one ‘Sambuca rosa’ iris was in bloom

What a difference a week makes!  This past Thursday a group of friends met for a second time in Kitty’s iris garden on Samish Island.  Far more irises were in bloom, and I imagine next week’s garden will be even more profuse.  I wish I could return again, but I fear my schedule is too tight in the coming weeks.  There is always something wonderful and new to see.

“Our interest and competencies create the focus for our gaze, stimulate our curiosity about variation, allow us to seek and find fruit in what is initially an obscure grove.”
An Absorbing Errand: How Artists and Craftsmen Make Their Way to Mastery by Janna Malamud Smith

My eyes were stimulated by the gorgeous and varied colors of these magnificent irises.  I am still not done painting irises this year!

Kitty's iris beds, week 2

Kitty’s iris beds, week 2

Siberian iris, 'Silver Edge'

Siberian iris, ‘Silver Edge’

The velvety black petals of 'Matt McNames' iris

The velvety black petals of ‘Matt McNames’ iris

Blue beards!

Blue beards!

'Ancient Echoes' iris

‘Ancient Echoes’ iris

'Snowed In' iris

‘Snowed In’ iris

'Lily Pond' irises

‘Lily Pond’ irises

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'Patriotic Hearts' iris

‘Patriotic Hearts’ iris

Some buds remain to open in the coming days and weeks

Some buds remain to open in the coming days and weeks

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Watercolor painting, Iris Medley, inspired by Kitty's garden

Watercolor painting, Iris Medley, inspired by Kitty’s garden

Watercolor painting of 'Pond Lily' irises

Watercolor painting of ‘Pond Lily’ irises

 

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2 Responses to “Painting is My Practice”

  1. Lynne Auld Says:

    I love irises, and these are some of your most accomplished paintings, I think. Beautiful!

  2. E. Bancroft Says:

    Beautiful photos and very beautiful paintings, especially the Pond Lilies. That one photo (the 9th) makes me think of a Georgia O’Keefe painting.


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