Purple Butterfly Pea

Inspiration for flowers

The Purple Butterfly Pea was inspiration born out of cold winter days. I have many artists who I admire but none more than George O’Keeffe for her floral abstract paintings. Ms. O’Keeffe’s use of colors, fluid style and intimate perspectives set her apart from the norm of her day. The quote below is my first encounter with Georgia O’Keeffe’s unique way of looking at nature.

“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small. We haven’t time, and to see takes time – like to have a friend takes time.”

My personal favorite is O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed 3 (shown below) which shows three white jimson weeds and one bud. I love the motion she conveys in her paintings. The “flow” of paint strokes giving her subjects depth is something I admire greatly.Georgia O'Keeffe's Jimson Weed 3

Purple Butterfly Pea

My Purple Butterfly Pea, Clitoria mariana, wasn’t a live subject but one I found in my National Audubon Society Field Guide to Wildflowers. Honestly, it wasn’t until I looked up a more in depth description had I noticed the latin name of this flower. How ironic I chose a flower with a provocative name when being inspired by Georgia O’Keefe. I wonder if Ms. O’Keeffe would have found this amusing.painting of a butterfly pea
If you ever find yourself in New Mexico I highly recommend the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Sante Fe.

My lovely butterfly pea painting looks great on this throw pillow sold on Zazzle.com. Or visit my Redbubble store to see this same painting on prints, clothing, bags and more.


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