Winter has definitely hit Sydney and the nights and early mornings are very cold. Pansies are cool weather flowers and a very hardy Winter variety of flower. The name pansy is interchangeable with viola as they are hybrid flowers from the same species.. Pansies are striking with heart shaped, overlapping petals in bright colours, often bi-coloured. They can withstand frost and some varieties have been cultivated to withstand snow.
I painted this pansy (above left) quite a few years ago - I think it is one of my earlier paintings. I was inspired by the bright colours of the petals and thought the bleeding out of the centre of the petals would make a good subject for a watercolour painting. I would like to paint more pansies and really focus on showing the way the colours bleed into each other and interact on the petals. The above original was sold quite a few years ago but is still available as a print by clicking on the image above left.
Below left and right are two pansy paintings by Georgia O'Keefe. Black pansy was painted in 1926 and White pansy in 1927. Her paintings of pansies focus more on the curving shapes of the petals rather than the bleeding colours contained in the petals..
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.