Leaves and Flowers Paintings

by Victoria Landis on August 23, 2010

Why do you paint all those pictures of flowers?

A wonderful older gentleman asked me this at a show.  I hadn’t a clue how to answer him other than shrug.  “I just do” didn’t seem like a good reply.

When I got home, I studied my portfolio.  I had abstracts, landscapes, and a few other subjects, but mostly it was leaves and flowers.  There are lots more leaves than flowers, by the way.  Big, bright colored leaves.  I guess my style and colors give the impression they are more floral than they actually are.

Artists go through phases, explore a topic until they feel they’ve exhausted it.  Look at Degas’ dancer sculptures.  He did myriad versions of them.  Picasso had his blue period and his rose period.  I’m not placing myself in their league, only pointing out it seems universal that artists become entranced by a subject until – they’re not any more.

I’m not finished inventing leaves, flowers, and plants.  But I’m feeling very compelled by grapes and berries lately.  I may have to start playing with them, too.

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