Squash Blossoms

Acrylic on gessoboard - 16 x 8 in - 2014

I admire the vigor of squash, which grow so well in the high desert of Santa Fe- and throughout much of the arid southwestern US. Not only do they have these impressively large and prolific leaves, but they also make twisting beautiful (and edible) orange-yellow blossoms.  

I depicted the sunlight filtering through the leaves and the beautiful curling blossoms of this one, which grows at our house. I used shades of green acrylic paint on gessoboard to capture the leaves, and thinner washes of yellow orange acrylic for the blossoms. I then embedded polymer beads in another later of paint and finished with yellow highlights on top. 


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