Art history of Move Over Law oil painting in which each State has passed a highway law.

Last Update :
October 15, 2017

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State Flower Lisiting

1 Alabama : PDF

The Camellia flower was approved in 1959.

Legislation - Alabama Move Over Law

Camellia flower of Alabama art reference..

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2 Alaska

The For-Get-Me-Not flower was adopted in 1949. For-Get-Me-Not flowers bloom in colors of blue, pink and white with five petals. With the blue flowers a star burst effect can be noticed around the yellow center .

For Get Me Not


For Get Me Not flower of Alaska art reference..

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3 Arizona

: ADOT

Indigenous to Arizona the Saguard Catus can grow up to fifty feet and was adopted in 1931.
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4 Arkansas

Apple blossoms have five white petals and sometimes have a small touch of light pink at the petals ends. Before the blossom opens up they are more on the pink side than white. Stamens of the flower are golden yellow.

Apple Blossom


Apple Blossom flower for Arkansas art reference.

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5 California

Press Release

V C Section 21809 Stationary Emergency Vehicle or Tow Truck

Poppy flower became adopted in 1903

Poppy flower of California art reference..

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6 Colorado

The Columbine flower was adopted in 1899. In 1925 more laws where added to protect the Columbine flower.

Columbine flower of Colorado art reference.

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7 Connecticut : 5094

The Mountain Laurel was adopted in 1907 and has white and pink blossoms.

Mountain Laurel flower of Connecticut art reference.

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8 Delaware : Facebook

ThePeach Blossom was adopted in Delaware for her reputation as a peach state with 800,000 peach trees a one time.

Peach Blossom for Delaware art reference.

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9 Florida : Facebook

Adopted in 1909 and when in Florida you will know for sure when fragrance fills the air that it is the Orange Blossom season.

Orange Blossom for Florida art reference.

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10 Georgia

: PDF

The Cherokee Rose was adopted in 1916. This flower is waxy white with a golden center. Interesting history behind this flower for the state.

Cherokee Rose for Georgia art reference.

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11 Hawaii

The yellow hibiscus Pua Aloalo is native to Hawaii and was adopted in 1988.

Pua Aloalo flower art reference for Hawaii.

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12 Idaho

The Syringa flower was adopted in 1931.

Syringa flower for Idaho art reference.

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13 Illinois

The Purple Violet was adopted in 1908.

Purple Violet flower for Illinois art reference.

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14 Indiana

: Statement

The Peony flower was adopted in 1957. The Zinnia flower was the state flower from 1931 to 1957. Pheony flowers grow in different colors of red, pink or white.

Peony flower for Indiana art reference.

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15 Iowa

The Wild Prairie Rose was adopted in 1897.

Wild Prairie flower for Iowa art reference.

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16 Kansas : PDF

First considered as a weed the Wild Native Sunflower was later adopted in 1903.

Sunflower Kanasas art reference.

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17 Kentucky : Facebook

The Goldenrod flower was adopted in 1926 after some argumenting with the War Department of that time.

Golden Rod flower of Kentucky art reference.

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18 Louisiana

The Magnoliia was adopted in 1900 because of it's abundance throughtout the state.

Magnolia flower of Louisiana art reference.

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19 Maine

The White Pine and Tassel was adopted in 1895.

White Pine Tassel for Maine art reference.

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20 Maryland

The Black Eyed Susan was adopted in 1918.

Black Eyed Susan flower of Maryland art reference.

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21 Massachusetts

The Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower was adopted in 1918.


22 Michigan - Info

In 1897 the Apple Blossom was adopted.

Apple Blossom flower for Michigan art reference.

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23 Minnesota

The Pink and White Lady Slipper flower was adopted in 1902.


24 Mississippi : wmctv.com

The Magnolia flower was adopted in 1952.

Magnolia flower for Mississippi art reference.

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25 Missouri

The Hawthron was adopted in 1923.


26 Montana : moveoverlaws.com

The Bitterroot flower was adopted in 1895.

Bitterroot flower for Montana art reference.

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27 Nebraska : Flyer

The Golden Rod was adopted in 1895. Flowering Goldenrod produces flowers with small yellow rays and also at times produces white or cream colored flowers.

Golden Rod flower of Nebraska art reference.

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28 Nevada

The Sagebrush was adopted in 1917. Sagebrushes grow small white or yellow flowers and are coarse sliver-green in color.

Sagebrush for Nevada art reference.

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29 New Hampshire

Imported from England the Purple Lilac was adopted in 1919.

Purple Lilac flower for New Hampshire art reference.

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30 New Jersey

The Violet flower was adopted in 1971. Took some doing with help from garden clubs but the Common Meadow Violet was selected.

Bitterroot flower for Montana art reference.

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31 New Mexico

Yucca - Adopted in 1927.

Yucca flower for New Mexico art reference.

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32 New York

The Rose flower was adopted in 1955. Selected by school children and in any combination of colors that the Rose blossoms in.

Rose flower for New York art reference.

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33 North Carolina

In 1941 the Dogwood was adopted.

American Dogwood of North Carolina artist reference.

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34 North Dakota

The Wild Prairie Rose was adopted in 1907.

Wild Pairie Rose flower of North Dakota artist reference.

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35 Ohio : on Facebook

The Scarlet Carnation was adopted in 1904.

Scarlet Carnation flower of Ohio artist reference.

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36 Oklahoma : on Facebook

The Oklahoma Rose was adopted in 2004.

Oklahoma Rose artist reference.

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37 Oregon : PDF

The Oregon Grape was adopted in 1899 and is mostly found on the Pacific coast.

Oregon Grape flower for Oregon artist reference.

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38 Pennsylvania : Steer Clear : Berks County Mountain Laurel

Mountain Laurel flower artist reference for Pennslyvania

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39 Rhode Island

Violet flower for Rhode Island artist reference.

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40 South Carolina : By - Lance CPL. Bob Beres

South Carolina Yellow Jeesamine flower artist reference.

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41 South Dakota

The Pasque flower was adopted in 1903. The Pasque flower is one that is highly toxic and was used by native Americans for medicine.

Pasque flower South Dakota artist reference.

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42 Tennessee : Governor's Letter :

Tennessee Iris flower artist reference.

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43 Texas

The Blue Bonnent flower was adopted in 1901 and amended in 1971 to include "any other variety of bluebonnet not heretofore recorded".

Texas Blue Bonnent flower artist reference.

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44 Utah

The Sego Lily flower was adopted in 1911 and crickets played a part in the Sego Lily's selection.

Sego Lily flower artist reference for Utah.

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45 Vermont : PDF

The Red Clover was adopted in 1894. A little different than the other flowers is that the Red Clover leaves have a light colored V shaped figure on them.

Red Clover flower artist reference for Vermont.

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46 Virginia

American Dogwood for Virginia

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47 Washington

Coast Rhododendron

Coast Rhododendron art reference for Washington

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48 West Virginia

The Rhododendron flower was adopted in 1903.

Rhododendron art reference for West Virginia

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49 Wisconsin

Wood Violet

Wood Violet flower art reference for Wisconsin

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50 Wyoming

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush art reference for Wyoming

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Artist Contact Information
Lloyd Thibodeau
1901 Country Apple Court
Fountain Inn, SC 29644

Or email :
mail@draw-n-paint.com

Oil painting titled Move Over People

Over View of Oil Painting "Move Over People"

This artist rendering titled "Move Over" is done in artist oil paints. Thus far it is an artwork that has been for many years in painting.


Highway Facts from Other Soucres

More than 700 officers lost their lives from 2000 to 2009 because of an automobile or motorcycle crash or from being struck and killed while outside of their patrol vehicles.1 In 2010, there was a significant increase in the number of officers who died in the line of duty (LOD) because of traffic-related causes.

According to LEOKA data, an average of one officer a month was struck and killed for the 17-year period between 1993 and 2009.

NHTSA Study of Motor Vehicle Crashes makes a $871 Billion Economic and Societal Impact on U.S. Citizens

As of 2011 the annual cost of highway crashes was $299.5 billion according to a Read more at : AAA news article.



Highway Sign Reference Image

After much thought about the painting composition I photographed a highway sign to incorporate into the artwork. I placed a grid pattern over the sign image that enabled a pencil outline to be transferred to the canvas. Placement of the sign image was made to the top right side of the canvas.

Placing the sign image here will help give the painting depth from the background silhouettes and sky features that will also give depth to the finished oil painting. Up to this point I hadn't learn of Harmonic Proportions. So this should have been done earlier but after drawing the lines for the Harmonic Proportions on the canvas I found the sign rested on three points at it's location. So this is one area where I will focus on using hues and other artsy techniques to paint interest. A change of the sunlight's direction will help in the shadowy areas for contrast.



Creating the Composition Scene for Oil Painting

Decided to use flowers from each individual state which passed a Move Over Law was added to the composition in this artwork. First thing was to find a listing of the states and gather artist photo references for each flower and place them into a folder. Below on this page you will also find a listing that I used with it's corresponding flower. Each flower is wonderfully unique with their own way of sizes and colors.

Determining the size of the flowers on the canvas needed some math calculations to give each state's representing flower an equal amount of creative artwork area. The total square inches of the canvas was determined and divided by the total number of States. From this an approximate equal size square of about three inches in height and width was determined that could be used for each flower in the composition. A grid pattern to this scale was then drawn on the canvas and placement was begun of each flower.

Considering where each flower was placed in the composition was determined by it's make up. Flowers that have a characteristic of growing from a branch or vine I located to the far right and far left sides of the canvas. By using this method the composition could be framed.



Additional Art Elements to be Painted In.

Cell Phone (Distracted Driving), Speed Limit Sign, Beer Bottle (Drunk Driving). These are the top reasons for highway deaths. After a number of flowers are completed I will be painting in these three reasons for causes of death in the painting.



Links to Resources

Quit Alcohol.com

Move Over Awareness

Move Over, America

Move Over Law - Wikipedia

Move Over Laws.com

The SARAH Move Over Law Tow Truck Safety

Slow Down Move Over

Distracted Driving

Distracted Driver Accidents

Children of Alcoholics: The Effects & Coping with the Stress : AlcoholRecovery.org


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