Sketch of the Week: Showy Iris

It's been an unusually wet spring and early summer here in New Mexico so far, which has resulted in a plethora of beautiful flowers. The iris have been particularly memorable this year, lasting quite a bit longer than unusual.

This iris was drawn out in Jemez Springs in early May. It was a light blue flower, almost periwinkle, and its ostentatious petals demanded to be drawn. Its deep, almost dynamic folds reminded me of the nervous drapery you find in the work of so many Northern Renaissance masters. Jan van Eyck and his ilk would have loved it.