Monday, May 9, 2011

Creative Tuesdays and The Color Purple, Irises

Purple Iris 8 x10 acrylic on board


I don’t grow too many flowers but I do have a lot of Irises.  They are just so cool!  Most people when they think of an Iris don’t realize that they come in lots and lots of different colors. The word Iris is from the Greek and means, rainbow.  And that description is just so fitting. I mean there are hundreds of Iris colors. In my garden the colors take turns appearing from one year to the next.  It is always like opening a present when they bloom.

Purple Iris is symbolic of wisdom and compliments.  Blue Iris symbolizes faith and hope.  Yellow Iris symbolizes passion while white Iris symbolizes purity.  I could on and on since there are many, many Iris colors but I think I will just enjoy the colors and leave it at that.

And now for Creative Tuesdays at Mr. Toasts…well the theme is purple and what better describes that oh so regal color than the purple Iris.  Be sure to check out all the other entries in this week’s theme!  



33 comments:

Wanda said...

Oh my goodness, your iris look like purple velvet. Just stunning!!! Also love the explanation of the rainbow colors of the iris.

Those iris should be matted and framed!!

Franz said...

beautiful, delicate and eye-catching!
Congrats!!

Ciao,a hug!

craftattack said...

Wow, simply beautiful! Valerie

LadyCat said...

Beautiful...I love irises!

Heather said...

this is unbelievable!!!!!!!! It looks so realistic!!!!!!!!!!! Great job indeed. I can see your love of the flower here...with your attention to detail and color...excellent! I like the way irises look in mass in gardens, too...have a great Tuesday! xo

Rona Gregory said...

One of my favorite flowers! you painted them so beautifully too!

Carol Blackburn said...

Beautiful iris, Crystal. I have lots of yellow iris in my garden and some purple.

paintdropskeepfalling said...

Awesome painting! Really beautiful and detailed. Also enjoyed the symbolism of iris colours.

maddyrose said...

Your painting of the irises is lovely. Irises are my favorite flower that grows in my yard, and they are so hardy and strong even I can't kill them. Your painting is perfect for the color purple.

Melisa said...

Gorgeous!

Daniella said...

Hello my friend!
Your work always amazes me. You draw and paint so beautiful! Every picture looks real! Wicked awesome!!
xxDaniella

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Beautiful Crystal!

Lee Pierce said...

Gorgeous Iris! Perfectly purple :)

Miss 376 said...

Amazing detail and I love all the details about the symbolism of the different colours

Jehanne's doodles said...

oh Wow, Crystal this is really fantastic. I just love how you have painted the petals and the shots of blue here and there. Just fantastic.

Janice said...

Wow! You really caught all those glorious ruffles and ridges. Beautiful work...

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

#1 I love purple, love iris. Did not know all the great info you provided though. I only have the purple iris in my landscape. Great job on the painting.
QMM

De la Renaissance said...

I absolutely adore iris!!! At one point I had over 40 varieties, heirloom to modern!

Beautiful painting Crystal!

Missy said...

Wow, you iris' are beautiful! You have amazing paiting skills!

Catherine... said...

Wow, what a fantastic drawing... I love irises...

Birdie said...

Oh, this is so beautiful! Makes me miss the irises we had in my yard as a child; they were the purple variety, but with fewer "ruffles." These are so sweet! I can't imagine them behaving like the snooty iris in Alice in Wonderland ;)

Craftymoose Crafts said...

Irises are a favorite of mine, too--I love to bead them!

Betsy said...

I'm speechless! It's perfect!

Christine said...

oh they are beautiful!

Mmm said...

Wow, I love how these are not only realistic and 3 dimensional but also that they are not simply that which would leave me feeling rather dry--no, they add artistic impression too with the way you've done the clouds and such. This must have taken you ages! Right, that's it, I'm chucking in my pens and art stuff now! LOL. no, seriously, this is amazing. I'd buy this if you had it in etsy. Love to hang it in my bathroom. one of the most memorable CTs I've seen yet. TY for doing this, Crsytal.

Also, LOVED reading about the various Irises. Who would have guessed yellow ones meant passion, for example?

Leovi said...

Lovely lilies fabulous shades, I love those colors a lot. Creative Tuesday I have removed the link because they do not allow photography. Greetings.

Magic Love Crow said...

Beautiful Crystal! Very pretty!

Meryl said...

Your irises are beautiful and your post nicely informative. Thanks. I'll be back!

Holly said...

Incredible! It looks like I can reach out and touch their velvet petals.

jamberry_song said...

I don't know how you were able to create that amazing sky with acrylic paints, but I am definitely stunned. :D The painting is incredible! I love irises. You captured them perfectly. :)

Heather said...

hi! I am sorry I missed your mother's day post...beautiful sketches, i knew that the last one was you, so pretty!!!!! have a great day!
xoxo

Christie, Describe Happy said...

This is so life-like! So much detail! I am even amazed by the sky you put behind them. I have a few iris' in my garden as well and am happy to know a bit more about them now. Thank you!

Judy Adamson said...

You may not have the right soil for roses, Crystal but you're obviously very good with irises, both growing them and painting them!

Mine are only just coming out, later than the roses this year! But I don't think I'd dare to try and paint them!

Related Posts with Thumbnails