#6 in a series of ten oil paintings called “The Northwestern Flowers in Bottles Series.”
For months we called this flower “purple” because we could not think of its name. Which is even more strange when you know that two of the three of us who planned this project are avid gardeners who have both tried to grow these in our yard.
Then one day the name sort of came to me. At least enough to do a search on Google to have my memory refreshed.
You usually see this flower in bouquets, and there are several flower heads per stem, along with curling leaves. But since we were doing single blossoms in this series, I separated this one from the bunch. I was drawn to painting this flower, based on its resemblance to the rose.
Even though summer is many months away, I’ve already decided to give the lisianthus another try in my flower beds this summer. I think it’s been about 7 years since my last attempt.
The bottle is part of a set I purchased in Lake Geneva several years ago. There are 6 clear jars that fit into metal cases that hook together. It is quite attractive when all put together, as the metal case only covers half of the jar.