Sunday, February 20, 2011

Elemental Flowers

I mixed my fondness for esotericism and flowers in a series of early 1990s paintings. I paired the ancient Four Elements of earth, air, fire, water with the appropriate showy flowers. This one is in my favorite complementary color combination of orange and blue depicts a Daylily of Fire and an Iris of Water. You can see flames coming from the lily and droplets coming from the iris. Though these are idealized flowers, they are readily available in early summer gardens.

"Water Iris Fire Lily" is watercolor on illustration board, 7" x 10", November 1990.


Tristan Alexander said...

WOW! This would also make a GREAT tshirt! It would also look great as a card or a large vinyl banner!

emikk said...

Where orange and blue your color combination of that year?

emikk said...


Pyracantha said...

Tristan: T shirt and card, yes. Vinyl banner, probably not. I'll select the best of these flower pics for trial runs, at least as cards.

Emikk, the colors for 1990 were silver and white, and 1991 was earth tones. Blue and orange are something I like no matter what the year. Long ago when I still lived in a place with real dirt, I grew a blue and orange flower garden.