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On the Trellis

by Joanna Daneman


Art: On the Trellis by Artist Joanna Daneman
The morning glory should be the poster "flower child" for the impermanence of beauty. It flowers in the morning but fades to a crumpled and shrunken bud by afternoon. This flower was one of my earliest favorites as a child, and I still grow them from time to time, putting up with the tendency of morning glories to scatter seeds and sow volunteers that creep through the garden. The seeds over a few years revert to the wild type (pointed arrowhead leaf and white flower.) But it's worth pulling out a few vines to have glorious blue twining around the pillars. I painted the morning glory suffused with light against a dark side of a barn. I used a mix of transparent oxide brown and quinacridone sienna plus indigo to make a dark but lively background. The flower is a mix of verditer blue and a touch of red. The simple wire trellis is also in red. The contrast of warm colors in the background serve to make the sunlit flower in cool blue stand away from the background.

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