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Desert Flower Oil Painting

Desert Flower Oil Painting

Desert Flower oil painting by artist Doris Cohen. Original Surrealism and Expressionism paintings by artist Doris Cohen. Original oil painting. Comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. 30by90cm. Contact for Price and availability.

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The Desert Flower is an expressionistic oil painting. While walking in the deserts of Megiddo a beautiful bunch of Desert flowers were once encountered. A fellow traveler remarked as to how misplaced these beautiful flowers are there in the desert. This single remark led to the conceptualization of this painting. The stream of thought being that what one considers as misplaced by an observer would mean to the object itself. Does the flower think too that it’s been misplaced by nature. That it could have grown in better surroundings where the environment would have been less harsh and the flower would have been better noticed and appreciated more.  

The first step was to set up the desert backdrop. All the essential colors for a hot and fiery desert with sand dunes were created. To emphasize that the theme was about a flower misplaced in the desert the upper layers were reinforced to create a definite brown and sandy top. Next two separate flowers were painted. One on the right which has accepted its environment and has adapted itself with the limited colors of the desert and is blooming in full glory.  It has a definite form and structure and radiates the desert colors. The flower on the left however is still in the process of formation of any definite form and color. It has beautiful colors of blue, red, white and pink but cannot get definite form or color. In fact while the right flower has contained colors, the left flower can be seen losing colors upwards.

In the end the painting illustrates the fact that it is immaterial to the flower as to whether it was misplaced or not. The destiny of a flower is to bloom. The right one followed that destiny and bloomed and thus completed itself. The flower on the left was left unformed so as to not close the question with a binary yes or no. Maybe someday it too will figure out an answer of its own. The question remains both answered and unanswered.


French Canadian artist Doris Cohen’s art and paintings. Doris Cohen is a gifted and trained artist whose painting styles include abstract paintings, impressionism paintings, surrealism, expressionism, still life landscape paintings, nature, floral and realism paintings. A part of her collections of original paintings is now available for sale through this website. All original paintings come with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist herself. These oil on canvas paintings have no replicas or duplicates. Fine art paintings prints and posters are also available for sale. Doris Cohen is also an accomplished stained glass and glass art artist. Her fine art studios, ArtPaintingStudio and Artsonglass are based in Ontario, Canada.