Purple Cone Flowers

Purple Cone Flower 1 Oil Painting – 9×12 by Winifred Whitfield

I started the seeds for these flowers last spring. They are called Purple Cone Flowers, and more formally, ECHINACEA. I bet you’ve heard of this flower. They are in the daisy family – wouldn’t you know! I was surprised when I looked on the back of the seed package and it said “time to bloom – 2 years”. That’s the moment I realized these were perennials and it was going to take awhile before I could enjoy them. So I cared for the small plants looking forward to the joy they would bring in the subsequent year. I planted some in several containers and they are blooming beautifully this summer. The painting above is the more “tight” and dramatic of the two paintings. I enjoy the shapes and the pattern of the light. I love them equally. They have different characteristics. I would not want to have to choose. Below is the painting with greater personality, in my opinion. It’s more flirty and free.

Purple Cone Flower 2 Oil Painting – 9×12 by Winifred Whitfield

This last one was more fun to paint. It was the second of the paintings and I took the pressure off myself. I’m definitely finding value in painting and image more than once. I endeavor to play with some new product or technique, experimenting as I go and I loosen up. I think I’ll paint one more Ecninacea in a garden scene kind of way – without the vase. I’ve not created my reference photo for that yet.

Have a great day. Winifred Whitfield

7 thoughts on “Purple Cone Flowers

  1. Both are lovely!!! I had heard the name of the flower but had no idea what it looked like or that it is a member of the daisy family!!! I like how you are doing series adn each stands alone yet they all work together as well!!!

    • Thank you Barbara. I find it instructive to paint several with the same theme – then I move on. It’s fun. W

  2. I love how you play with light and color and the beauty of the of the flowers themselves. The way you have made subtle use of the glass table is lovely in the first painting. And I do enjoy how the flowers in the second painting seem to be dancing.These are great fun.

  3. Thank you Maria. I enjoy the simplicity of these. It’s mainly about shapes and values, colors and of course the dance. Beyond that, they’re pretty simple! W

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