Flower of the week: African Daisies
Here is a real Summer flower, as the weather warms up in the Southern Hemisphere heading towards the hottest months of the year. African Daisies are also commonly known as Cape Daisies or Blue eyed Daisies, though their scientific name is Osteospermum. As their name suggests, they are commonly found in parts of Africa. These flowers are quite hardy and are also commonly found in flower beds in local parks and gardens in the Summer months. The petals are smooth and flat like a daisy and radiate out in a spoon shape. Colours can include lavender, pink, white and yellow.
My painting of the lavender coloured African Daisy (above left) is one of my earlier paintings. I was interested in the unusual perspective angle of looking across the flower from slightly below rather than painting it as a flat daisy. Daisies are such popular iconic flowers of Springtime / Summertime innocence. Above right is Andy Warhol's screen printed take on this popular, rather common motif.
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Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.