I am so happy to be sharing my Iris fabric available in 7 colors and 9 types of fabric. (you can purchase it here )
It started with growing irises in my garden. From there I took some awesome photos of them when in bloom, they were the most beautiful irises I have seen. The flower is about 7 or 8 inches tall and 5 or 6 inches wide, so huge and the color purple with bright yellow accents are so rich and beautiful. Such an inspiration for me to paint. I wanted to catch the essence of the flower and use a loose flowing technique to paint a loose Iris. Here is the original photo..
Here is the loose painting, now on my fabrics. After much time spent cleaning my artwork and making sure the color is just right I prepared a repeating pattern for my fabric and this is the result.
About the Iris there are 260-300 species of the Iris. It takes it's name from the Greek word rainbow referring to the wide range of colors found among many species. It's a popular garden flower. They are perennial growing from creeping rhizomes or bulbs. They have long erect flowering stems which can be simple or branched solid or hollow and flattened or have a circular cross section. The rhizomes have 3-10 sword shaped leaves growing in dense clumps. The bulbous irises have cylindrical basal leaves. A fan shaped flower quite complicated with all the different petals some erect some laying sideways curling and others cascading forward in varying sizes, some have a beard like appearance growing in its mid line with another bright color at the base of the petals. Usually found in the northern hemisphere from Europe to Asia and North America. Found in dry mountainous areas, grassy slopes, meadow lands bogs and riverbanks. Grown as an ornamental plant in home gardens or botanical gardens. They grow well in most soil types as long as it is well drained. The most common is the bearded Iris, because they are easy to cultivate and propagate. Best planted as bare root plants in late summer in a sunny position with the rhizome visible at the top of the soil facing the sun. They should be divided every two years when the clumps become congested. They come in so many colors, blue and white, pale yellow, pale blue, maroon, white and violet, peach, raspberry, deep blue and purple along with multi-colored irises, just to name a few. I would highly recommend you learn more about the different types of Iris and definitely grow them in your garden. Painting the Iris has certainly given me more appreciation for the beauty of this flower. Having it in your home on your window covering or pillow can be a great reminder of their beauty and bring summer blooms you love into your home all year around. .....
MJ G MOFFETT