I am also a gardener — and I love Irises.

My hands are clean when I draw and paint. Otherwise, the white paper would be a mess. However, when it is time to garden, I am not afraid to get dirty. I started this garden about 5 years ago. The previous owner did not garden. As a matter of fact, we started with pretty much dirt, weeds, more weeds, and a 20 year old pile of branches in the back.

I have slowly transformed portions of the garden (a work in progress that will probably last forever). Spring is my favorite time of year in the garden. Every morning, I walk outside and enjoy the new blooms that each day brings.  Everyone has their special flower.  Mine is the Iris.

I was given my first Iris rhizomes by our first neighbor in Colorado 22 years ago.  I am happy to say, they have made their way to my current garden. Many neighbors have since gladly given away their divisions, and today, I have a healthy collection to enjoy!

Here are a few shots from the garden this spring. The irises are just starting to open and I am loving it. I hope you will enjoy these photos as well, and I suppose at some point they will make their way to my paintings and designs.


updated: May 25, 2018 — A few more irises have bloomed…. I had to add them to the mix :).

Here are a couple of others in landscape format….



(c) 2018 by Lisa Larsen. All Rights Reserved. You are welcome to use these photos for inspiration to create your own original art. If you do, I would love to see your creations. Please share back!


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