Tuesday, June 14, 2016

It's Lupine Time in Maine



Every year in June, I gaze at lupines, lupines & more lupines out my back windows. I take many photos at different times of day because their hues & intensities change according to the light & weather, and because I know that these violet colors are only here briefly. But, it wasn't until I finally did the little painting that I felt I really saw them as I searched for lupine paint colors, as I danced my brush in lupine strokes.
The photos do capture a more accurate image, I suppose. What is striking about fields of lupines is their amazing violet color bands, set off by contrasting colors. The blossoms are beginning to turn to seed, but then the seeds will pop & fly & more lupines will appear next year! 
These lupines were at the Craignair Inn in Spruce Head, just at the edge of Penobscot Bay. It's a lovely & typical midcoast Maine wildflower scene. Yellow buttercups are more plentiful than ever this year, or is it that I'm just seeing them more?

8 comments:

  1. How lovely, maybe you can imagine you're in La Provence and it's Lavender you are seeing.

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  2. Interesting thought...are they more plentiful, or are you just noticing them more? Whatever the case, they and the lupines are certainly lovely, and a pleasure to look at, photograph, and paint!

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  3. I have tried and tried in this home to grow lupines to no avail..I was much more succesful at our previous home and yet we are but 5 kms away!
    It must be the soil.
    Miss Rumphius comes to mind:)
    I love your aquarelle.:)

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  4. Hi, Brazillian greetings!
    Thanks a lot for sharing these beautiful lupines and your painting.
    I love your blog, it is so inspiring.
    Thanks again!!

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  5. Hi, Brazillian greetings!
    Thanks a lot for sharing these beautiful lupines and your painting.
    I love your blog, it is so inspiring.
    Thanks again!!

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  6. I'm loving the lupines --their colors against the lush spring green - wow!

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  7. I love lupines. Beautiful sketch.

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