I painted this one as a kind of reconstruction. I based it on a painting I made in 1972 when I was 14. I painted it when I was in middle school and won the school art award with that picture. It was a 24" x 30" canvas of Texas wildflowers painted in acrylic in something like a natural setting with rocks. I have no idea what happened to that painting, but I'm sure it no longer exists. Alas, there are no photos of it that I could find.
So, I decided last year to do it again, only this time as I would do it at age 61 instead of 14. Like that original, I painted it in acrylic paint on a 24" x 30" canvas. Unlike the first time, I stretched and primed it myself. Most of the flower varieties in this painting are based on the those that I included in my painting in 1972 as best as I could remember, plus maybe a few extras. I made this one much more explicitly in a landscape setting and added all kinds of things that were not in the original picture such as insects and fossils. All of these are things that I loved as a child and still love now.
This is the only one of the flower paintings that I made so far that is professionally photographed.
The Moon and an Io Moth
I made this painting based on a small lot with a kind of planted prairie in McCaren Park in Brooklyn that I passed every time I walked to my studio. These are all flowers that saw blooming there last autumn. The insects including the Io moth are memories of things I saw and remembered from when I was very young.
This is also based on a painting of autumn by the Yuan Dynasty painter Qian Xuan.
This is in acrylic on a 20" x 30" canvas.
This is the most recent of my flower paintings. I painted it for my students as a demonstration painting on my kitchen table while I am under house arrest along with everyone else for the pandemic. This is based on the daffodils I saw blooming in McGolrick Park about a block from where I live.
It is relatively small, 14" x 18" on a canvas panel, also in acrylic.
I'm planning a painting of tulips to make on my kitchen table on 2 separate panels, a kind of diptych.