Five Day ART Challenge, Day Three

For Day Three I am featuring a few of my favorite flowers. They greet us in the Spring and can brighten our day. I have always enjoyed taking photographs preserving their beauty long after they fade away.

 FIELD OF DREAMS, PHOTOGRAPH

FIELD OF DREAMS, PHOTOGRAPH

Poppies are among one of my favorite flowers to photograph. The stems and petals are delicate. The wind and rain can damage them easily. At times it is hard to find a single poppy that I would want to photograph let alone an entire field. This image is part of a series of photographs taken in August 2013 on the north edge of Breckenridge, CO. While I was crawling around on the ground in between rain showers for three days in a row trying to take photos, my husband met the developer who purchased the land where the local lumber yard used to be to build town homes. The developer told him, he planted the poppies and wildflowers on the lot so while the site was under construction - it would still looked inviting. He called it his Field of Dreams.

 PRETTY IN PINK XIII, PHOTOGRAPH

PRETTY IN PINK XIII, PHOTOGRAPH

The peonies in the Pretty In Pink series are taken in my garden. My Dad gave me the peonies in dug up in the backyard when they moved from where I grew up. It took a couple years for them to get established. I have enjoyed capturing their unique beauty and adding new images to this collection.

 SPRING'S LACE CURTAIN, ACRYLIC

SPRING'S LACE CURTAIN, ACRYLIC

I referenced a photograph from Charles Benton for this painting. The pairing was in the 2014 Inspirations exhibit. This was a difficult painting to title. Some may wonder where I came up with Spring's Lace Curtain.  After staring at the iris' at length, I came across the saying "Lace Curtain Irish." These were poor Irish, but for the sake of appearances, they would put up lace curtains, to look more respectable. It implies certain trait of ambition or of drive about people who want to be better off than they are. Spring is a popular season when it starts warming up and everything around us is bursting in technicolor in the gardens. What would Spring be without it's "Lace Curtain"? Spring would not have the same appearance without all the flowers or the lace curtain in the window. I know it's a stretch but i thought it made for a unique title.