Centaurea Montana

My favorite flower is Centaurea Montana, common name Mountain Bluet. When I first started gardening, we had a raised bed filled with it in our back yard.

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Unfortunately, this sweet flower is prone to farmer ants tending flocks of aphids. Very ugly.

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There is something about the delicate petals and the color combination that enchants me.

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Creating a 2D representation was a little harder than I imagined. Getting the depth of color was really hard, and I couldn’t get the perspective right.

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Several more layers of color brought me to this version, which still isn’t right.

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A nursery catalogue arrived in the mail this week featuring my subject on the cover. I decided to try a different version of the flower.

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This looks more like Eeyore’s thistle than my beloved centaurea montana, but it is time to move on to another project.

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3 Responses to “Centaurea Montana”


  1. 1 kristin Sunday, June 3, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    WOW!!! they all look “right” to me!!! beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. and what a lovely family photo 🙂

  2. 2 marti Thursday, June 7, 2007 at 7:00 am

    that is one of my favorite flowers as well. i can’t wait to see a moo card in person, it is on my list of things to do as well.

  3. 3 alyse Tuesday, June 1, 2010 at 12:18 am

    Wow, you blogged this a long time ago, but I had to say how much I like this post. I’ve never seen anyone attempt Centaurea montana before. This is LOVELY! You have done a great job.

    Also, you had me at hello when you said Mountain Bluet is your favorite flower. So unusual, so sweet.

    Alyse


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