Mystery Flowers no more

I’ve not posted for quite a while. I’ve been very sad — my lovely chicken Ruby disappeared several weeks ago at dusk. Most likely a hawk or an owl, but I will never know. She was a wonderful creature, and a sweet companion.

I’ve been trying to focus on painting again, to capture the beauty (rather than the horrors) of nature. I’ve gone painting plein air twice recently, with my friend Martha, who I met at Hameau last year. It’s nice to have a friend to paint with.

We went to the Penn State Arboretum yesterday, and came across these incredible, delicate flowers. There was no tag, and we could not ID them. When I got home, I spent the evening trying to find these, and finally gave up. Luckily, Martha’s sister knew what they were! They are Dodecatheon meadia, commonly called ‘Shooting Stars.’

We were both taken with their inverted form, and the delicate ‘wings’ above.

I hope to paint them again under more controlled studio conditions.