Thursday, March 12, 2009

Oh, You Pretty Things!

I've wanted to paint a Tulip Poplar blossom for a long, looonnnng time now- as long as I can remember. Unfortunately about three years ago when it occurred to me to go take some reference photos, it was about a month after the flowers had come and gone. They don't last long at all, which makes the blooms even more special.

The following year (2007) I promised myself that I would absolutely NOT miss bloom-time, and thus kept a very watchful eye on a carefully selected Tulip tree (with low-hanging and easily accessible branches) in my dad's yard that entire spring.... waiting for the flowers. Exactly when they bloom depends on the harshness of winter, the warmth / intensity of Spring, rainfall, and of course a host of negative man-made influences which is pretty much a given with anything in nature now... but I digress.

I was able to capture these photos in mid-May, and the blooms- as usual- didn't last more than a few days, a week at most. I photographed them daily in various stages of bloom (okay, call it what it is: TREE SEX). You can easily see the differences in lighting/weather/time of day in these 3 pictures I have posted, and these are my favorites of the set. I'm looking at these 3 pictures as inspiration for a new painting. Or three.

Surprisingly, I actually have never seen this flower painted, although I'm sure somebody has had to feel the same inspiration as me and captured its glory with some form of artistic media.


katiev said...

I bet this will be a really lovely painting. i can't wait to see it!!

Doris Sturm said...

How beautiful! I have never heard nor seen such a blossom. It's so big and bold and I wonder, does it smell lovely?

It sort of reminds me of a Magnolia blossom in it's strenght and vigor, only Magnolias bloom a lot longer.

Thanks for sharing, Samantha, I bet those photos would look great framed!

SG said...

Thank you katie! I can't wait to finish them all. I took a break from it to come in here and play around online.

I put up the Earth hour picture you posted, Doris- I liked that better than the badges offered on the site :)