Painted Pink Flower

pink painted flowerWhat a special find…a personal sketchbook from 1871. Sadly, the beautiful drawings, paintings and sketches are unsigned; though some were dated, which is how we know these drawings are very likely in the public domain everywhere (they are certainly PD in the USA). Among them was this pretty painted pink flower. This watercolor is done in shades of pink, purple and little bits of blue.

The flower is further decorated with a few leaves and a stem. It’s hard to tell if this painted pink flower is a carnation, rose or peony. But, regardless, I think it is lovely and would make a great addition to someone’s project.

I think if I were going to use it, I would remove the stem and move the leaves a bit to more wrap around the flower. I got rid of the foxing. I tried to leave the original colors of the page, including the blue smears of colors perhaps made by the artist rather than time.

This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.