Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oenothera speciosa

This is a new painting of evening primroses. And a bee. I'm not sure this is exactly how I'm going to crop it - there's more of the painting on both sides, but not too much happening there. The rock in the corner isn't part of the painting.

I'm thinking about entering this in a botanical art show, and while it surely qualifies by it's subject matter, I'm not sure it qualifies on technical grounds. For one thing, it's blown up several times larger than life. The bee is about the size of a small mouse. The foliage may lack sufficient detail. Botanical art is essentially scientific illustration. I think you're supposed to be able to use it to build an evening primrose plant if you don't already have one.

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