Ever since I was young I have had a keen interest in gardening and flowers. When I was 3 I still remember picking butter cups in the mountains of BC where my family lived. I remember my mom sending me out the door telling me to fill the cup she gave me with butter cups, when I brought it back she would put it on the window sill so she could look at them all day. This remains such a special memory.
When I was grown and had my first and consecutive yards I filled them up with all sorts of flowers, perennials and annuals, always enjoying working in the yard and making it beautiful. As the growing season progresses I enjoy watching different flowers have their moment of glory and seeing how each flower changes the look of the yard.
Peonies are one of my favourite flowers and I look forward every spring as they start to grow and bloom, it also makes me a little sad that they don't last all summer long. There is nothing prettier than seeing a bunch of peonies blooming or having a bouquet of fresh cut ones in the house to enjoy (these I buy, I don't think I could bear cutting my own and taking them out of the garden). Flowers bring me happiness and give me such peace.
Peonies are also one of my favourite flowers to paint. I started painting this one in 2017 and got distracted with other painting I had to paint for various shows or commissions. I had put it aside, but knew it was special and wanted to take my time. I recently picked it up again and finally finished the piece. I hope you will like it as much as I do, it truly has been one of those special pieces to paint.
Me and My Bud
20" w x 24" h
Oil on Canvas - Unframed