Smiling Balloon Flowers

image size
8 inches x 12 inches

Every summer these flowers with their delicate purple blooms put on a wonderful show in our front yard.  As the flowers emerge, the petals are joined to form a 'balloon'; gradually the petals slowly fold open.  Just before it is about to open the flower literally looks like it is smiling.  It is this moment I chose to capture in this painting.
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