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The problem with Gladiolas is to show how tall they are and the soft colors in the blossoms on a single stem. This gives an interesting and daring challenge for hanging the painting.
Oh, there it was… my next subject, a beautiful potted begonia plant begging to be painted. My studio partner had brought it for his class to arrange on a small table but he had left it on the floor. I liked the unusual concept of looking down on it like a map.
So I started painting on the nearest watercolor paper without much thought about the placement on the rectangle. The color was working well, so I laid another paper next to it so as to include the other objects on the floor. The long stems of the lotus pods helped establish the floor concept.
This became a diptych. The two paintings could be framed separately, each signed by the artist, and hung side by side, or framed together as shown. Together they make a unique design.
The white Sycamore trees near Sedona, Arizona and the white stone wall called for something unusual… the red sky. Visitors to the area seemed to enjoy leisurely walking and resting among these sculptural trees.