Here is my newest iris landscape paintings, Argyle Acres Iris Farm, one of the largest I have painted to date from this farm so close to my home. Irises are fun to paint because they each have their own personalities. They're unpredictable and just a little rowdy with their petals, throwing things off in unexpected directions.
About 10 miles from Flower Mound is a little town called Argyle, Texas, where you can find some amazing houses and lots of mature trees. I was thrilled to discover there is also an Iris farm there - Argyle Acres, owned by Joe and Donna Spears. Carlos and I arrived at opening time last season, me with my new camera in hand eager to capture some colorful flowers to paint!
We parked along the street and followed the signs up the winding road to the Iris farm headquarters! I could hardly believe my luck, we had driven all over Fredericksburg, Texas, last weekend looking for irises and there were none to be found. And here they were, all along, practically in my own neighborhood. (This photo was taken by Argyle Acres farm).
Joe and Donna have won many awards and sweepstakes for their incredible varieties of irises. They work year around to produce these amazing flowers. Joe showed me one iris flower that smelled exactly like root beer, and another one that smelled strongly of grape candy.
Donna is an artist with a green thumb, arranging the flowers in pleasing combinations of color on the display tables. She told me that the green glass vases are required at the shows. The green does not detract from the flowers. Made sense to me! Just like putting an museum quality gold frame on a painting, sometimes the frame competes with the art.
See why I have already put this on my calendar for next year? I cannot believe my good fortune to find them and get to visit on the absolute last day. I think it's those angels pulling strings again. If you love color, and you love flowers, this place is like Disneyworld with no lines and free rides.
Carlos fell in love with the yellow irises. There may have been 15 different KINDS of yellow irises. It was all a little overwhelming. I felt like I had been granted some magical wish to spend the day here.
My favorite were the purple and blue irises. Look at these gorgeous ruffles. Donna said there were several varieties that bloom twice, and will give you color not only in the spring, but in the fall, too.
Look closely at this intrepid little mountain climber. Gripped in his left feeler is his Bug State Flag. As soon as he gets to the top of that petal, he will plant his flag and wave his little feet around in victory, observed only by God and some strange human with a camera he is unaware of. Next he will sit his little bug butt down and eat a power bar before he starts the trek downhill to Rest Camp 3. He's already imagining all the amazing climbing stories he will wow the lady bugs with.
Mark your calendars for April 2010, the iris season opener for Argyle Acres Iris Farm. I can hardly wait until next year!