Painting Day Flowers with Gouache

Late spring and into summer this gem finds its way into new parts of my yard. While some may consider it a weed, it’s so easy remove if needed I tend to let it wander without worry. It tends to show up in a corner of the garden that’s not been planted and within a couple of months fill out nicely as a ground cover. The little blossoms are a treat candied on ice cream and cakes, or tossed into a salad with the greens. It first caught my eye around 2012 and I was captivated by the intense blue hue (so rare to find in nature) of the delicate petals. That same intense blue is what also made this particular plants elusive to capture.

Hello Day Flower!

Gouache on watercolor paper, the original is matted and framed for handing (view my online gallery for prints and the original if it’s still available). I hand-built the frame just for this collection of work. The walnut that the wood is sourced from, comes from downed trees in Iowa.

Day Flower and all the other Backyard Botanicals are a continuation of the Backyard Ecology Series which gave birth to the Junk Mail Migration birds and the Library of Backyard Ecology.

These en plein air field studies in natural ink and gouache capture the vitality and beauty of even the humblest plant.  Visit the online gallery to see originals and prints available. Native, naturalized, and invasive plants are all captured equally as they appear in my yard throughout the seasons. 

Learn how to identify Day Flower the plant when you explore the portfolio page.

Day Flower, mid August 2021

Originally I thought Day Flowers only showed up in spring. True there are many more in May, but it seems to bloom nearly all summer long. This picture is of another one I just found this morning while weeding my front garden (I left it to continue it’s lifecycle in the cracks between my porch and driveway).

Supporting Plant Conservation

The prints can be combined into dynamic groupings on your wall or mantle. Shown here: Day Flower (5×7), Mock Strawberry (5×7), and Wood Sorrel (8×10)

Like all the other works in this series, when you purchase a print of Day Flower, you will be supporting my art practice AND our local conservation organizations. These three organizations create and maintain our few remaining tracks of prairies and woodlands here in Iowa — such important work. They also bank native seeds/plant specimens and dedicate themselves to converting roadside land to prairie plantings. Helping erosion, water quality, migration of birds, habitat for toads… so good.

10% of all print sales are donated to Story County Conservation, Iowa Arboretum, and Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation

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After a bit of time color correcting and testing papers, I’m debuting the 13 x 19″ size print (pictured above) as well as the smaller 5 x 7″ print with the publishing of this post. They make a great gift and are ready to put into any frame. There is enough white space that you can mat it for framing too. Which makes for a great statement piece on your wall.

Become enchanted by your backyard ecosystem. Add Day Flower to your home today.

Until next time…

Kristin M Roach

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Hi! I am an artist, author, and owner of a modern apothecary called Little Woods in Ames, Iowa.

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