Saturday, July 18, 2015

Safflower Carthamus tinctorius

Carthamus tinctorius
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Carthamus
Species: C. tinctorius

There were several exciting things happened this past week:
1. I finished a watercolor safflower to submit to the art exhibiton at Ventura County Fair.
2. And it's framed!

The safflower was among a field flower bouquet my friend Carol gave me. Although it's not a California native plant, I did love the different textures it had.

The history of human's growing safflower can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Dyes, cooking oil, and traditional medicine can be made. One interesting fact: safflower seed can replace sunflower seed in birdfeeder, since squirrels don't like the taste of it.

About this artwork:
Original size: 12" x 15"
Framed size: 16" x 20"
Paper: Fabriano Hot Press 140 Lb

May The Bb Power Be With You,


  1. Well done. I hope it does well at the fair.

  2. Thank you so much Elva, I'm excited to show my paintings "offline" (as opposed to on blogs). I love your art and feel very peaceful when I look at them.