Friday, May 14, 2010

No, Georgia O'Keeffe is not the only painter of flowers!


I love painting flowers. My day at Schreiner's Iris Gardens was just one of many days spent painting there. In fact, my very first blog entry (almost two years ago) was from the gardens.

It never fails to happen that when I am painting big flower portraits, someone asks me if I am trying to paint like Georgia O'Keeffe. Don't get me wrong, I like O'Keeffe's work. I admire it and enjoy looking at it and studying it. I am reading a biography about her and her work, Georgia O'Keeffe: An Eternal Spirit by Susan Wright.

But O'Keeffe is not the only painter of flowers!

Here are some of the flowers I have painted in the last couple of years:






But, to be fair, her flowers are amazing and sensual and if I one day paint flowers like Georgia O'Keeffe ... well, that would not be a bad thing at all!


SamArtDog said...

O'Keefe's flowers are legendary, but she didn't paint gorgeous yellow irises like yours!

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Awww, shucks! Thank you so much for the compliment, Sam!

Celeste Bergin said...

Bon Voyage Kvan! You won't see flowers for awhile--I expect to see some ocean/sky paintings/sketches in the near future. I know you will have a wonderful adventure--don't trip into the drink this time, k?

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

Thanks, Celeste. I'll keep you posted as the adventure unfolds. We're hoping for fun and excitement without any life-threatening bits. Kvan

Suzanne said...

It's almost hard to believe it was 2 years ago your started blog from Iris garden. And last year at Iris garden was my initiation to the plein air.
The Georgia paintings with Enya music are very touching . But others of us too love their beauty. The 2009 bloom has light glowing through with the darker background. There is so much you have accomplished, Katherine.

Harish said...

My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!

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