Gloriosa Lily Emperor Gum Moth Lotus Flower Sturt Desert Pea Kalanchoe
First page Previous page Index page Next page Last page

Sturt Desert Pea: watercolour painting by Marion Shepherd, 2006 [13 of 14]

STURT'S DESERT PEA
This flower is the floral emblem of South Australia, the state in which I was born and grew up. I found this particular flower growing in the gardens around the Alice Springs Desert Park, an area of natural habitats with local flora and fauna. A bevy of brilliant crimson pea flowers bloomed in a sea of soft grey-green leaves. It was named for Captain Charles Sturt who noted it growing while exploring between Adelaide and Central Australia in 1844.
I am following in the shoes of some famous Australian artists by painting this plant, two of whom I especially admire: Paul Jones (1921-1997), an incomparable flower painter whose major works Flora Superba 1971 and Flora Magnifica 1976 were published to great acclaim; and secondly Margaret Preston (1875-1963) who was a leading example of Australian modernism. She painted wonderful bold coloured works and made prints of many native Australian flowers.
More information on http://www.nga.gov.au/preston/essay.cfm

Sturt Desert Pea