In the big back garden at the museum, I discovered a type of iris that I had never seen before. I examined all of the viable blooms keeping in mind the different types of compositions that I was considering before settling on specific subjects. These flowers didn’t have the traditional beard that I normally see, and instead had what is apparently known as a crest.
For my Swish piece, my artistic vision was to create a horizontal abstract where the crest runs across the frame on a diagonal originating from the top left-hand corner. I loved the designs and patterns in the falls, their colors, and how they tend to accentuate the crest. I also liked the purple spots within the crest as they add a random quality. Tiny dew drops along the edges of the crest can be seen.
I liked how the crest in my Slithering Purple piece had a serpentine/winding look. My artistic vision was to create an abstract where the crest comes down into the frame diagonally from the top right-hand corner. I loved the colors and patterns on the falls here as well. While some of the dew drops are a bit larger on this iris, tiny ones can be seen along the edges and on the surface of the crest here too.
My Royal Accoutrements piece shows off more of the whole package as far as what these irises look like. While it still has some of the abstract falls, much more of the inner parts of the flower are on display. I found them to be quite intricate and pretty. In my mind’s eye, what looks like it could be a stamen reminded me of a scepter. Tiny drops of dew and individual pieces of pollen can be seen.