Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Botanical inspiration

I have an old book from the 60's titled "The Art Of Crewel Embroidery", and a couple of other books with botanical drawings. They are a great inspiration for me. My new series of botanical paintings is exploring this theme. These two paintings are going to be featured in my next exhibit at the end of this week. They're done on wood panels, with acrylic paint and marker.

I'm also an enthusiastic user  of herbal teas and remedies. I do have a good knowledge of what herbs to use for specific problems. My kids are always joking that my answer for whatever hurts is to use some tea tree oil as a remedy. They even made up some cute rhymes about it.

My memories of delicate wild flowers always take me back to my youth in Croatia, where I would often find myself roaming the meadows, playing with other kids. I grew up in the outskirt of the city within a walking distance from the national park. Even back then as a kid I was fascinated by the variety of plants, field flowers, all the gifts that nature was offering. Spring was my favorite time for exploration. The beauty of tiny spring flowers sprouting between patches of the melted snow. Delicate white petals of Snowdrops, purple Violets or whole patches of bluish Saffron flowers I remember well. It was truly enlightening to be surrounded by all that delightful splendor.