August 31, 2011
While reviewing the inventory chosen by curator Lynle Ellis for my upcoming show at her gallery Glimpse in San Diego, I found some pieces I’d not yet shown here, so they’ll be showing up here now and again.
I try to paint flowers when they come in season, and sometimes the window of time is so short, I get maybe one done and poof! they’re gone. So it is with callas. I found these lavender callas at Trader Joe’s one day. I couldn’t believe the color. As much as I love the creamy white ones my neighbor grows and I enjoy as I pass by them, these were pretty smashing, and I love lavender. The issue became how best to articulate that gorgeous single spiral of the one glorious petal as it opens up and unveil the stamen inside. When I finished this one I realized how much it felt like an ode to Georgia O’Keefe’s work, looking so monumental in this small format.