Thursday, October 20, 2011

Monet & Me

passion flower
Remember Monet and his Rouen Cathedral Series? His Haystack SeriesLily pond Series? The guy was obsessed. 
passion flower
When I saw this Passion flower at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, I felt an obsession coming on! The red fruits, encased in thorns are simply stunning! and the flower, wow. I took a bunch of photos, no time to sketch!


passion flower

So, I've ordered two plants, and I'm going to try to grow them here in San Diego, with the plan of doing a series of paintings and quilts and who knows where it will take me.
passion flower

passion flower
(See below for just arrived plants.) Looks like I have some time before I'll have something to draw and paint!









9 comments:

  1. Hmm did you smell the flowers? Its latin name suggests it may smell unpleasant.
    I agree it looks interesting though.

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  2. I love Passion Flowers. I saw them for the first time at the Wild Connections Butterfly Farm in Austin a couple of years ago. The farm closed down but it's good to know that I can head down to the LBJ Wildflower Center to see more. I may have to take a jaunt there to sketch one of these days. Good luck with growing yours!

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  3. There was a variety of these growing on the fence at school last year. I don't think they had the same style fruits. But the butterflies loved them. Justine

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  4. ...just amazing; never seen a passion-flower casing like this. So nice to be colour-inspired enough to order a plant!

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  5. Stephie Brimm10/21/2011 12:49 PM

    Jane, Growing up here in SOuth Carolina they are like wildflowers along the highways and back roads. My great-grandmother used to tell me when I was little they were named kay-pops. I loved the flower and the name. I still smile when I see them growing wild. I can't wait to see the artwork they inspire for you!

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  6. I had no idea that passion flowers had such a fabulous fruit!
    I have only seen the flower in the wild...in bloom.
    I hope yours grow well!

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  7. Amazing! I just found you from your guest post on AlisaBurke - fantastic blog - fantastic post, too.

    Back to that fruit. I have never seen anything like that. So many ways to interpret!

    P.S. I do a macro thing on Sundays. You should include that wonderful photo. :)

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  8. beautiful photos! We have Passion Fruit growing wild in northeast GA too - but the fruit isn't encased in thorns like the Hill Country fruit. I hope your plants will grow up to be big and strong so we can see lots of beautiful art work inspired by them!

    xo

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  9. Those flowers look like creatures from another planet! I look forward to see what they inspire you to do.

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