Beauty in the Weeds

Common Wild Petunia - 6x6-inch oil on canvas panel.
Common Wild Petunia - 6x6-inch oil on canvas panel.

"A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


We've all seen countless paintings of roses, tulips, daffodils and the like. But what about weeds? I think it's high time (pun intended) to give them their due, so I have decided to start a new series called Beauty in the Weeds. These paintings will feature various weeds found in Texas yards, farms and other locations where their existence might not be as appreciated.


Many of these so-called weeds are actually useful. Horse Herb, for example, makes for a great ground cover in shade. And where poor soil exists, they weeds are extremely important for preventing erosion.


But this series will really be about appreciating the beauty found in their flowers. 


With that intro I present the Common Wild Petunia. I found this one in my yard, but I don't necessarily consider it a pest. It seems to grow where my grass won't. 

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