Sketch of the Week: Budding Iris

Ostentatious iris that are already fully open usually get a lot of artistic attention. After all, who can resist those gorgeous petals? Yet budding iris can be just as interesting visually, with their unopened flowers hinting at the beauty to come.

This iris was about halfway open, and probably would have been in full bloom in another day or so. It was ochre and burgundy in color, a very striking, almost autumnal combination.