oil on linen panel
Zinnias are a symbol of endurance, they are also one of the longest blooming flowers. The flower was named after the botanist Dr Johann Gottfried Zinn. This year I got my zinnias as very young plants from The Farm at Oxford. They were not the brightly colored variety that you normally expect from this flower. The colors were muted greens, peach, oranges, and yellows. But they had a gorgeous red center.
They are a strong, drought tolerant sun loving flower that is originally from southwestern United States, Mexico and Central America. Thoughts of friends or thoughts of a missing friend are the most common meanings for the zinnia.
Each small work is painted on Belgian Linen, which in its natural state is a gray-ish neutral tone. I've left some parts of the canvas unpainted so you can see the texture of the natural linen. I wanted to try and replicate in paint, the vintage flower illustration plates from botanical books. I really enjoyed working in my garden this year. It was such a nice respite from the news and our increasingly difficult and unusual circumstances. My gardens were prolific with flowers and it was a pleasure to set up my little still lifes and paint. I think they make a wonderful grouping arrangement!