It's a special day for the people of Connecticut! Why? The Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia) became the official state flower on this day back in 1907. This floral beauty is an evergreen plant with clusters of delicate flowers.
A bit of American floral history... The first official flower on record was adopted in 1893 by the people of Oklahoma. At this time the territory of Oklahoma was not yet a state, but that did not stop them. They adopted the Mistletoe. Soon after many states followed suit. Between the years of 1893 and 1907 twenty one states designated official state flowers. Connecticut is the 22nd state to choose its flower.
There's a delicate simplicity to this flower. I wanted to capture this. As you look at the illustration look at the pen strokes. You won't see any layering or blending. I carefully applied these strokes to create the texture that you see. Each mark has a purpose. This medium is not forgiving. You see every stroke.
And, this day is extra special for our family. It's my Mom's birthday, and she was raised in Connecticut. Happy Birthday, Mom!
Do you like seeing every stroke of the pens? Do you have a special memory of the Mountain Laurel? Please leave a comment below.
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