Thursday, March 31, 2011

Bluebonnet Baby

I know my friends in other parts of the country are still dealing with the remnants of winter, and not to make them jealous or anything, but it full-on gorgeous spring down here in Austin!

Seriously, the weather has been stunning, with bluebonnets and wildflowers to boot. How I do love springtime in Austin!

This year's bluebonnet (and other wild beauties) bounty pales in comparison to last year's, but it's still a might pretty sight to see fields of green grass dotted with bonnie bright buds, even if it's not in record numbers.

Spring, bluebonnets, pretty things... this is how I got inspired to paint up this gouache bluebonnet lady. And I like her!

I didn't realize it until I was in the midst of writing this post, but I reckon the big blue sky background choice was my mind subconsciously drawing from this picture of bluebonnets growing wild in the desert of Big Bend that I took...uhhhh...what was it? Six years ago?

But it was such a pretty sight at the time, there I was, on my first camping trip EVER (and I loved it!), and we were basically in the middle of the desert, just hiking along and lo, a patch of bluebonnets and a big ol' blue-as-can-be Texas sky. Soooo pretty!

I've lived through Florida, New York, and Tuscany spring times, and hands down it's Texas' spring that wins me over each year.

And I admit, it has a lot to do with the pretty little blue flowers. And the big blue sky...

...And maybe a smidge to do with the fact that my favorite color is blue. Pin It


CS Jennings said...

Wonderful! (Not illegal to pick those, BTW.)

Yielly said...

Blue is my favourite colour too, and the shades in your picture are some of my favourite. Lovely job. :)

Carapace said...

This is perfect! I'd always wanted to do a bluebonnet- head lady, but you've beat me to it and beaten any idea for it I'd had, for sure!:D

(and yes it IS illegal to pick ANY plants in Big Bend. State park, ya know!)

Texas Spring is glorious in its emphemral self, for sure!

alicia policia said...

Carapace - You should still do your own bluebonnet head lady!

It used to drive me buggy to get an idea, and then see someone else beat me to it - I didn't want folks to think I was ripping them off or imitating or anything, but I was also kinda sad that I felt I couldn't do my idea anymore.

But then I figured, you know, I had the idea, too, and I should still do MY idea, my way, in my style. Everything has been done before anyway, right?

That, and well, great minds think alike, after all! ; )