Nothing beautiful asks for attention

16 Jun 2018, 9:25 p.m. | Works

There's beauty in the ordinary, and when you pause and appreciate it, it reveals its shine.

This oddly beautiful beast I found when I was walking around the Hillcrest neighbourhood, in a flower store that reminded me of the ones in the Netherlands. Among all the beautiful flowers, I saw this one - looking like a green corn with leaves like bird feathers. I was hesitating whether to buy it, leaving the store and coming back. I was worried I wouldn't know how to decorate it.

At that moment, I already had the theme of my next painting in my head: "Nothing beautiful asks for attention." And there it was, this shy little beauty, not asking for any attention! So what else could I do than to take it home?

I decided to simply paint the plant, in a simple vase, to memorize this experience of unassuming beauty.

PS: It took me forever to figure out what kind of a plant this is. I had to bring in the friendly Facebook army, who swarmed out over the internet to do research based on my picture. It's called Banksia Integrifolia, and originates in Australia!

BEHIND THE SCENES...

THIS IS WHAT THIS PAINTING COULD LOOK LIKE ON YOUR WALL

Something a bit old, but the ideas are still new