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Ever since I read the story of how the iris became the fleur-de-lis  (and it’s much more interesting than you’d expect, involving armies of rampaging Goths and a miraculous revelation in a swamp) I have been planning to make Louisiana iris the first in a series of  “botanical notebook” paintings.  The flower is painted in gouache, with the sketches and notes in dark graphite.

What favorite flower would you like to see included in the botanical notebook series? I’d love to hear your suggestions.