This is a close up view of the beautiful and vibrant snapdragon flower. This is an abstract view of the flower, capturing the essence of its elegant form. I love to use the striking forms found in nature – the sensual undulations of a flower petal, for example – as a jumping off point to create works that exude movement and liveliness. This is actually one of the great rewards of painting nature, that I am afforded the opportunity to study in great detail the loveliness of our ordinary world. A viewer may see a flower, or an eruption, or a lava lamp. To be honest, I don’t care, as long as the energy I intended for the painting to capture is felt.
I intended for this painting to pulsate with light and color, the forms pouring over each other with the contours appearing as though they will plop and ooze over the edge of the canvas. The colors are inspired from the actual colors of the snapdragon flower, but are super saturated and exaggerated to accentuate the vigor of the image.
I am pleased with how the colors seem illuminated from within the painting and was surprised with how well they turned out. This is one on my favorite paintings that I have completed and remains in my personal collection.
This painting was created for the EBSQ Flower of the Month: Snapdragon Show. The flower of the Month Show is by far my favorite show series on EBSQ. Support Art!!
Lisa Thornton Whittaker, USA Member Since November 2006 Artist Statement I am a self-trained artist born and raised in Kentucky. Although professionally I am an architect, my first love has always been painting. I received my Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Kentucky in 1999, and then worked for five years in the architectural field. During this time my paintings were very architectural in composition and arrangement. However, since my decision two years ago to leave the professional world to stay at home with my children, my work has undergone an organic transformation. Motherhood has made me more sensitive to the forms found in nature and this in turn has influenced my paintings.
Although my work is often inspired by objects or emotions, my paintings are largely abstract. They are the result of a process rather than representation of the tangible.