Chicago Botanic Garden Irises

CBG Irises.jpg

Here is a happy splash of color to celebrate spring. I’ve been wanting to push myself past a merely narrative style with my work, and make it more playful. Also, I have been inspired by the wonderful photographs you all share. I’ve been struck by color combinations that I wanted to try out. For this one, I wanted to let blue green and yellow green play together, as well as pushing in the direction of abstraction.


19 thoughts on “Chicago Botanic Garden Irises

  1. melissabluefineart says:

    Yes, he also planted Scots Pines along the Dead River at Illinois Beach State Park. I thought they were beautiful but they have now been removed because they aren’t native. I’m glad I have photos of their stately presence there. It wasn’t a good decision to plant them there, perhaps but overall he did beautiful work.

  2. shoreacres says:

    This is just beautiful, Melissa. I love irises, and I found them wild in abundance this year. Not only that, I found some flowers in the iris family that I never would have suspected of being related.

    I especially like the mix of color in the painting. Great swaths of single species, like our bluebonnets, can be spectacular, but there’s something about seeing yellow-pink-blue-orange all together that makes me smile.

    Do you happen to know if these are native? I didn’t realize until this year how different native irises can be from the cultivated varieties, like the big, bearded blooms. They’re all deilghtful, no doubt about that.

  3. melissabluefineart says:

    Hi Linda,
    Thank you! These colors make me smile, too.
    These irises are not native. You are right~there really are a surprising number of irises. A few years back I took a a bulb class at the Botanic Garden and I was amazed at the may types of iris. Here our native species is blue flag. Psuedocarus, a lovely yellow iris, is an invasive weed that I secretly harbor in a wet corner of my garden. Shhhh 🙂

  4. Myriam (Myr's Bytes) says:

    Gorgeous painting, Melissa :-). I love the way you captured the lusciousness of a dense and vibrant flower garden. The colours and your somewhat impressionistic style make me feel like I’m in Vancouver in the spring. And I really like you idea of the blue green and yellow green playing together. Looks beautiful!

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