Painting flowers outdoors
Photo and art: Geeta Pattanaik

by Geeta Pattanaik

I always wondered why artists painted a series when there were tens of thousands of themes one could explore – until I grew some nigella flowers.

I marveled at the flowers and leaves, and how different the flowers were, especially at the center. The flowers themselves were of delicate colors and shapes.

It was my turn to explore the mystery of this one flower, painting and drawing it from life at least five times this year … I am not done yet.

Five composite nigella paintings, by Geeta Pattanaik
Five composite nigella paintings, by Geeta Pattanaik

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