Weeds as Inspiration

28 Sep
goldenrod-pic

Goldenrod is from the aster family and native to North America.

yellow flowers, watercolor on terraskin by Katie Turner

Goldenrod, Watercolor on Terraskin paper, Katie Turner

I have a patch of weeds that I’ve purposely left in my back yard.  It’s about 5 feet by 5 feet and sits just inside my fence.  This year I watched as Goldenrod took over the section and grew vigorously.  This week it bloomed into beautiful rich yellow flowers.   The flowers are bunched together on branches of the tall plant and so heavy they are bending over.  Individual delicate flowers grouping together to make a large mass of yellow.

Goldenrod, or Solidago is a perennial that some people say causes hay fever but other sources say it’s really Ragweed that makes people sick.  Native Americans used the plant for food, tea and medicine.  Bees and butterfly’s love it and its the state flower of Kentucky, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Delaware.  I’m finding it irresistible inspiration for my watercolors.

 

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2 Responses to “Weeds as Inspiration”

  1. lesliepaints October 9, 2016 at 11:38 pm #

    Very interesting painting on that terraskin paper; all juicy and flowing. It actually looks like an underwater landscape. I like the whole idea of you using the goldenrod and then that paper.

    • Katie Turner October 10, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

      Thanks Leslie! The slick paper is fun and challenging to work on. I just can’t get enough of it.

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