Wild Iris At Hopeland Gardens In Aiken, SC

Wild Iris

Macro Iris at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Iris Folds

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Being physically close or zooming in while exploring the beauty of a wild iris allows an artist to utilize different perspectives to create frame filing compositions.  For example, by purposely placing the bright yellow signal near the bottom of my Iris Folds piece, I was able to create overlapping layers from back to front and top to bottom.  The fall gives the impression of being crumpled as if the weight of all the layers above it are causing it to slowly collapse.  I like the globe shape of the large dew drop and how the much smaller drops provide sparkles.

 

Macro Iris at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Group Hug

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For Group Hug, I used a similar perspective but concentrated on the petals as they appeared to be embracing each other.  The arches and curves enhance the feeling of camaraderie and familial bonds.  Here too, the small dew drops add sparkle.

 

Macro Iris at Hopeland Gardens in Aiken, South Carolina
Iris Dome

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My Iris Dome piece used an entirely different perspective for the composition.  Here I focused on the unusual dome-like shape of the fall.  I like how the color in the veins becomes darker the farther it streaks down the fall until it eventually matches the purple of the petals.

 

The high level of detail captured on all of the pieces in this post allow surface textures to be seen.

 

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Author: Steven Dillon

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