Friday, March 06, 2015

Winter Sunshine

 Morning Sun - Sold
6" x 6"

On a cold snowy day, a delivery of sunshine arrived via an anonymous donor.  Three beautiful Bird of Paradise flowers were trudged through the snow and ice with a note saying it hoped they would bring inspiration for a painting.

In late January I completed a small painting of a bird of paradise blossom from an image I had.  These flowers aren't frequent visitors to this part of the world, especially in winter, so to see them in person is quite wonderful.  They are brilliant, tropical colours but have an air of prehistoric plant life to them with sturdy stems and solid flowers.

Paradise - Sold

I found the anonymous culprit, my blogger friend Gary Everest  (Gary L. Everest Paintings).  We had talked about the blossoms after I had painted one and I had assigned him a mission to find a BOP plant to photograph for me in real life, as he and his lovely wife Michele live in Hawaii. Well he went one better and sent me the real thing!  I shall  paint and draw and photograph this plant to death before it expires!  Gary, thank you, you're the best!


Gary L. Everest said...

Aloha Jeanette,
Aw-w...shucks. It's mighty kind of you to say such nice things.
Honestly, when I read in your blog post that you'd never seen a bird-of-paradise blossom in person--you had me.
After that, it was up to Murray's Floral Market to do the hard work. They loved my idea and did as promised, delivering three beautiful blossoms despite the snow and ice and cold. The photo you've shared shows one of the most perfect examples I've ever seen, and it gives me great pleasure to recognize and offer my sincere appreciation to the wonderful folks at Murray's.
Now, Jeanette, I hope you're next post doesn't mention how badly you've always wanted a pony!

Jeanette Jobson said...

Gary, credit is due you for being so kind. And the blooms are lovely, I keep going into the studio classroom and staring at them. Yes I WILL actually draw and paint them this weekend!

A pony...well I went through my horse phase a few years ago and had two of them so you're safe there. They're big and eat a lot but wonderful creatures. I just couldn't devote enough time to them with working and art and everything else that goes on in my life.

But don't you worry, I'll think up another adventure to send you on soon, so I can live vicariously through you the Hawaiian dream. :))

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

that was really nice of him! :)

I've seen them around here oddly enough, too cold now, but I think of the bigger botanical gardens do sell them to people here

RH Carpenter said...

Gary is a special guy! And what a surprise to find this little bit of Hawaii on your doorstep!! Will enjoy seeing your many versions of this interesting flower.

suzanneberry said...

Beautiful! and Gary is amazing, enjoy enjoy enjoy, so looking forward to all that you do with it.

and thank you so much for the words of support and encouragement my friend!