9×12″ Watercolor by Jamie Wilke
The pasque flower is the first wild blooming flower you see every spring here in the Colorado front range south of Denver and North of Colorado Springs. This grouping of spring wildflowers at the Greenland Open Space trails (here in northern El Paso County and Southern Douglas County) were posing so gracefully on a foggy spring morning as the sun was just emerging.
This painting shows the many shapes these flowers take, from green closed buds, hairy strings opening, delicate tulip-like blooms, to dying petals. All those the stages are represented here, and the furry fuzz glows around the outside of the stems and buds like a halo. I love how the still-brown and scraggly prairie weeds made a warm and rustic background to the bright and delicate flowers.