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State Flower Lisiting
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
3 Arizona: ADOT
Indigenous to Arizona the Saguard Catus can grow up to fifty feet and was adopted in 1931.
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.
The Mountain Laurel was adopted in 1907 and has white and pink blossoms.
ThePeach Blossom was adopted in Delaware for her reputation as a peach state with 800,000 peach trees a one time.
Adopted in 1909 and when in Florida you will know for sure when fragrance fills the air that it is the Orange Blossom season.
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.
The yellow hibiscus Pua Aloalo is native to Hawaii and was adopted in 1988.
The Purple Violet was adopted in 1908.
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.
The Wild Prairie Rose was adopted in 1897.
First considered as a weed the Wild Native Sunflower was later adopted in 1903.
The Goldenrod flower was adopted in 1926 after some argumenting with the War Department of that time.
The Magnoliia was adopted in 1900 because of it's abundance throughtout the state.
The White Pine and Tassel was adopted in 1895.
The Trailing Arbutus or Mayflower was adopted in 1918.
24 Mississippi : wmctv.com
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26 Montana : moveoverlaws.com
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.
The Sagebrush was adopted in 1917. Sagebrushes grow small white or yellow flowers and are coarse sliver-green in color.
Imported from England the Purple Lilac was adopted in 1919.
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.
31 New Mexico
Yucca - Adopted in 1927.
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.
34 North Dakota
The Oklahoma Rose was adopted in 2004.
The Oregon Grape was adopted in 1899 and is mostly found on the Pacific coast.
39 Rhode Island
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.
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The Blue Bonnent flower was adopted in 1901 and amended in 1971 to include "any other variety of bluebonnet not heretofore recorded".
The Sego Lily flower was adopted in 1911 and crickets played a part in the Sego Lily's selection.
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.
48 West Virginia
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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.
On the Easel
After a long and many periods of illnesses making it difficult to oil paint as an artist, once again the "Move Over People" oil painting artwork is ready to be completed. It was really suprising and nice to come home and see this setup. The wife had cleaned the room out and straightened things out. Setup my easel and painting table. It was a really good booster shot.
Early Pencil Sketching
The beginning pencil drawing on canvas which is the size of twenty four inches high by fourty eight inches wide for "Move Over People" painting was time consuming trying to figure out where to place each State flower.
Fifty US States are represented by a flower selected by each State. Drawing each one on the canvas in a size that would be favorable for each flower required much drawing, erasing and redrawing. Then it was a process of re-checking to be sure none where missed many times.
It is a nightmare for an artist is to see a completed artwork and come to a realization that in painting the artwork something was forgotten. It is very hard to go back and brush on a currection and worst if that artwork has been painted with a varnish for protection.
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.
Links to Resources
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.
5 - California - Poppy
The Poppy flower became adopted in 1903.
6 - Colorado - Columbine
The Columbine flower was adopted in 1899. In 1925 more laws where added to protect the Columbine flower.
Links to Colorado Safety Resources
Senate Bill 17-229 / Colorado Dept Transportation Safety / Colorado Springs Move Over Law / Move Over Laws.com / Responder Safety.com / Stan Hilkey -Executive Director, Colorado Department of Public Safety / Colorado DOT
Art Info for Columbine Flower Portion
When researching the Columbine flower I've found it to have up to and possibly more, twenty nine different varieties. I will be painting this Columbine with a bluish color so the main artist colors used for rendering the Columbine flower in this artwork will be, French Ultramarine, Thalo Blue, Crimson Alizarin and Titanim White.
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