The Iris Project

Well, it is that time of year where we start winding down, thinking about what happened in 2018 and looking forward to new things in 2019.

My buddy Jill and I get together often to either talk biz or pick some new random art thing to do. Last week, we talked about what sort of challenge or regular art routine we would undertake next year. I left her house without a solid plan, but with a million ideas (as usual).

Then it hit me. Everyone says to focus on what we have a passion for. For me, that is gardening and travel. One specific part of gardening that brings me great joy is my ever growing Iris collection.

I’ve decided to use the Iris theme as my art practice vehicle for the foreseeable future. I don’t like to make new year resolutions and I don’t like to give myself commitments I can’t change. I simply will doodle, draw, paint, collage, or do something Iris related most every day for a while.

As I write this post, I have already painted the first two pieces. I am experimenting without a particular goal for the end product other than to learn.

TIP-001 - Purple Iris
TIP (The Iris Project) – 001 : Purple Bearded Iris
(Acrylic on Strathmore Acrylic Paper)
TIP 002: Wine Colored Iris
TIP 002: Wine Colored Iris – Top View
(Acrylic on Strathmore Acrylic Paper)

Every one of these pieces has special meaning to me. I learned to love Irises (and purple) with my dear friend Sylvia Most in Maine. So needless to say, I think of her each time I paint them. The Acrylic paints were a gift from my sister Julie. I was thrilled to get art supplies, but had no idea what to do with these things… I was a watercolor painter after all! Slowly but surely I am starting to dig this medium.

I am so thankful for the wonderful experiences and memories and to be able to spend so much time doing what I love. I can only hope that sharing my work will give a little bit back to those who enjoy what I do.

Thanks for stopping by!