3.000 x 4.000 inches
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Beverley Harper Tinsley
Painting - Watercolor
A cluster of delicate, but hardy, lavender asters draw the eye to forest floors, grassy fields and even gravel surfaces near the dirt roads of Colorado, with a wild, gestural beauty. One of my all-time favorite flowers, the aster is a wild creature, best seen, and painted near a stand of aspen trees, as autumn approaches in the Rocky Mountains, or mid-summer or earlier at higher elevations.
This painting was done en plein air, in just such a gorgeous setting, and thus has a loose, brushstroke quality reminiscent of sumi-e style or asian influenced art that I find so mesmerizing.
If their small but insistent loveliness were not enough, these flowers also bring for me, memories of some of my favorite childhood moments playing at my Grammy's rustic cabin where cranking the old victrola produced polkas, pumping hard and long produced cold, clear water, and cooking was done on a wood stove. My Grammy taught me the names of flowers, on long walks, taught me, even more, to notice and appreciate the small and often quiet things that bring beauty to every situation, if you are open to looking and listening.
Tough and reliable, asters are a natural for dry climates like ours where several native species delight mountain hikers. In fact, many aster varieties fail to survive the winter if kept too moist.
Among cultivated asters, growth habits range from three-foot perennials to compact mounds. The Greek word aster refers to the yellow-centered, star-like flowers that can be white, red, pink, purple, lavender and blue.
Though asters generally bloom in late summer and fall, alpine aster blooms in May and June. This little rock-Garden plant bears one-and-one-half inch, violet flowers, although white, blue, lavender, and pink flowers are also available. Alpine asters grow best in full sun and well-drained, moist soil.
This tiny miniature painting has been featured in the juried exhibit Mountainside Miniatures, and is price is as attractively matted and framed with creamy white surrounding an area in which the painting has been floated on a starry deep violet blue acid free paper made of kindly harvested elephant poo. Contact artist for photos including frame.
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November 1st, 2011
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