8x8 Oil on Canvas
Hollyhocks are an old fashioned flower. Every time my husband and I take a trip to New Mexico I have a desire to have them all over our farm landscape. This year I planted some from seed in seeding beds. My sister (who is a wonderful gardener) said that sometimes they are very hard to transplant to the garden from the seedlings, but I think mine are going to make it. Oklahoma, especially where we live, has such extremes...high wind one day, lots of rain, no rain, very humid, very dry....on and on. Anyway, I have protected those babies in buckets with the bottoms cut out......until they are very established they will stay in their little "bucket home". All this to say that I love them. I love flowers period and I have such a desire to paint every kind of flower. I have some digital images I took of hollyhocks at our home in Arkansas filed away in my computer. I took a look at them yesterday. This one spoke to me and I painted a small 8x8 painting late yesterday and last night. I am practicing for when my "bucket babies" are grown and I can paint them live. Until then painting from a picture will satisfy me. I have this painting for sale in my Etsy shop. You are welcome to visit there.