Monday, November 7, 2011

Frangipani (Bauhaus) [SOLD]

"Frangipani (Bauhaus)", oil on canvas, 16x20". For sale on Etsy.
This piece is the companion to my earlier painting, "Hibiscus". The styles are different, but a similar process was used to compose the painting. 

The frangipani blossoms are based on part of an image found on Yahoo. A structural formula overlays the blossoms. This structural formula is for a compound isolated from the bark of Plumeria bicolor, a species of frangipani. I found the structural formula within a patent for an iridoid-saccharide compound, filed in 2004. I found the patent by doing a Google Patents search for "frangipani". There are possibly some medical uses for the chemical compound.

I loosely followed a "Bauhaus" style, with a limited palette based mostly on primary colors, and strong geometric forms. The result is slightly Cubist. I reviewed the history of the Bauhaus while working on the painting. Their style seemed appropriate for my piece, fusing science with art, which is similar to what the Bauhaus was trying to achieve.

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