Large White Flowers on Canvas

A few posts ago, I showed an image of my guest room/work room at my current house. Hanging on the wall is a large canvas of flowers in a vase. 780guestroom1

A few people have commented or e-mailed me about it, so I thought more readers might want to know what it is. So, I am featuring it as my Flowers on Sunday piece, since it’s full of flowers.

When I moved back to Baltimore from Wales, I had nothing – no house, no car, no job and no furniture. And I mean NOTHING! So I spent the first couple of months living in my parents’ empty house and then found the house I’ve been renting in Pigtown. You can read about it at the late, lamented blog, “More Ways to Waste Time”. I spent months searching for pieces for the house in little second-hand furniture shops, at yard sales, in antiques stores and pretty much anywhere I thought I’d find something interesting. I am not the type of person to go to a furniture store and buy everything. I like to hunt for things.

The local arts district has a monthly flea market called Load of Fun, and it was there that I found some yardages of Manuel Canovas fabrics. One was this great yellow print of a Chinese ginger jar vase with billowy, blousy peonies.

The other piece was a blue and white print with bamboo caning and Chinese figures on it. I measured the yellow piece out to a length of about 36 x 36 inches and then added a few inches to either side. I went to the art supply store and bought four stretchers and put them together to make a big square. I then stapled the fabric to each side, pulling as I stapled.

The scene

2013-05-24 04:54:46 by HoboLoco

Vincent wrote about this painting to his mother on June 12, 1890:
"Yesterday in the rain I painted a large landscape, showing fields as far as one can see, looked at from a height, different kinds of green growth, a potato field of a sombre green, between the regular beds the rich violet earth, on one side a field of peas in white bloom, then a field of clover with pink flowers and the little figure of a mower, a field of long and ripe grass somewhat reddish in tone, then various kinds of wheat, poplars, on the horizon a last line of blue hills, along the foot of which a train is passing, leaving behind it an immense trail of white smoke over all the green vegetation

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