Sunday, October 30, 2011

Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

Oil on Canvas
6 x 8

I've taken to carrying a plastic bag and small pair of scissors in my pocket when heading out for my neighbourhood walk, just in case I see something suitable to go into a still life setup. Starting off at a brisk pace and focused on getting cardio benefits, I can soon be distracted by some gem of nature, like berries or ferns. So, I will slow down to clip off bits of  plants and flowers and drop them in my bag. Not so natural, but still intriguing was one of my finds yesterday, an empty rum bottle, 92 proof, with a hula girl on the label. The small (375 ml), flat bottle is what we used to call a mickey - a Canadian term, perhaps out of use now. I wonder what a current term is for those little flat bottles. Any ideas out there? 

Today's painting title is from the often-covered folk song, Where Have All the Flowers Gone? written by Pete Seeger. My link takes you to Johnny Rivers' great version.


  1. This vase has a great shape... (although it would have been fun to see the flowers in the rum bottle with the hula girl))! I like your green and gold color palette, too.

  2. Thanks for your comment, r garriot. I am sure the rum bottle will make it into a composition soon. I will let you know.

  3. I also look forward to seeing the rum bottle! This little still life is beautiful with a hint of 'sad' that all the flowers are going.

    Please keep me posted about your trip to Cape Town - although you are coming at the start of winter! Hopefully I will be here and not in Sweden.

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