In January of 2019, I decided to do another series. I had done the Zodiac signs and
Vintage Seed Packs. This thought, however, proved to be a long journey: I decided to paint all 50 United States official birds and flowers.
The first decision was to go alpha. That gave me a road to stay on and I could check ✅ them off one by one. In between, I continued to paint my usual floral designs, animals, patterns, insects, and anything that comes into my head usually from nature.
Alabama takes flight.
One down, forty-nine to go! Don't worry, I'm not going to post all 50 here but I will send you to where you can see the whole collection at the end of this post.
I did all the "A" states by the end of January, then took a break. These first few were nicely received with Arizona still is one of the most popular in the series.
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I chronicled my early musings in two blog posts: Painting each State Bird and Flower and
I continued through 2019 ending the year with Missouri. I felt like I was right on track to be able to finish by the end of 2020. I use reference pictures from the public domain, creative commons (with licensing credit), and stock photos; all in reference to both birds and flowers. All of the works are a combination of using a bird and a flower from two different sources and combining them in a deliberate design.
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Lastly, a fun-schooling Journal - Science and Geography paperback. Ages 9 to Adult. Add State Flowers + State Trees.
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I started the year 2020 painting Montana.