July 31, 2007

Sacred Thorn Apple

Sunday was spent at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum with my sister and cameras in hand. Made many inspiring discoveries and came away with lots of reference material. One of my discoveries was this beautiful, elegant plant called a Sacred Thorn Apple. When I looked it up I discovered one of it's medicinal uses is to cure insanity...or drive you insane trying to paint it's white flowers. I'm finding white objects not so easy to paint and am determined to be able to see it's many hues and translate them through paint. There will most likely be more attempts at this and some of this plant's thorny fruit and its starshaped bud.

Sacred Thorn Apple
6x8 original oil painting
canvas hardboard

2007 Deb Kirkeeide
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Sue O'Kieffe said...

if white is the absence of color, how come there are so many different shades of it? i didn't know this was another name for jimsonweed...its nice to learn something new.


Neda said...

Just a note to tell you that I am thinking about you. Hope you are safe.

Helen Read said...

Well - 1 word. Wonderful!!