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   I named this painting because of the way the petals flip and twirl and the shadows seem to dance across the petals.

This is a simple branch of a White Rhodo that I took 2 years ago on a trip to visit Buchart Gardens . I knew right away  when I saw the photo that it was paint worthy but sometimes it just has to simmer in my brain for a while and the one day when the time is right I print it off and off to the studio I go So much of my material comes from Butchart Gardens in British Columbia (where I live).

   A couple of years ago I decided if I was going to paint florals I needed to get some good photos of them for my studio paintings. Although here in British Columbia ,Canada we have a moderate climate I would say we have a flower blooming season from about March to September, which leaves 5 months with out much in the garden to paint.I went to Butchart Gardens in Victoria a world famous tourist attraction. Although this wonderful place is  only abut 50km away from my home I had only visited it about 3 times in my life.

 So on one sunny spring day armed with my Nikon D32 camera I went in search of blooms for painting reference photos.

Seeing the Gardens for the first time in years and the first time truely looking at it as an artist ,I was in heaven. I clicked hundreds of pictures and thats the beauty of digital cameras isn't it. It didn't  matter how many I took.

Although I was a little early in the season ther were plenty of blooms,mostly Tulips and Rhododendrans but they all were amazing. I was excited while I took the pictures but then I got home and popped the digital card into my computer and voila a wonderous slide show of botanical beauties showed before me.I was in love  ...literaly my heart felt like I had just met a the love of my life.I had I had just introduced  my passion for flowers to my passion for painting.

 Since then I get a yearly pass and go at least a couple of times a season. Now it is just a matter of which photo I want to paint and how it speaks to me that day when I scan through my photos.