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

4 comments:

Unknown 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! ; )