oil on canvas board
6" x 8"
Hollyhocks are the flowers I associate with my childhood. I think they were the first flowers I actually became aware of. In the fog of early consciousness I was attracted to their centers and then frightened by some unexpected movement inside - probably bees. I still retain this simultaneous attraction - repulsion feeling whenever I come upon them.
That is probably why I only have one plant in my garden this beautiful soft pink.
Recently I visited some friends who had the most spectacular Hollyhocks I have ever seen surrounding their very extensive, beautiful gardens. They were at least 8 feet tall and blooming like teenagers.