Chardon Sauvage Bouquet (Wild Thistle Bouquet) was painted en plein air. I plucked a handful of slenderthorn thistles and set them in a glass jar on the patio. I often find simple things the most evocative...as long as the light is right. Strong sunlight can turn a leaf into an emerald.
This painting is about how brilliant subtropical sunlight transformed a group of wildflowers into sparkling rubies and amethysts. This particular species of thistle is thought to be an invasive one here in Georgia. Unwanted by some, relished by myself. Behold the lowly thistle!
I've received a lot of kind feedback from friends on Facebook:
SL said, "I think Monet would have been proud of you."
KW said, "Exquisite."
YWG said, "I find this piece classically romanitc, joyous."
DB said, "You paint life with light and color."
|Chardon Sauvage Bouquet|
18 x 24
Acrylic fingerpainting on canvas