This piece was selected for the Art in Embassies Program. It was part of the exhibition at Ambassador Liliana Ayalde, the U.S. Ambassador to Paraguay in the U.S.. Embassy Residence in Asuncion. It was on loan from 2009-2011.
About the Art in Embassies Program:
Established by the United States Department of State in 1964, the ART In Embassies Program is a global museum that exhibits original works of art by U.S. citizens in the public rooms of approximately 180 American diplomatic residences worldwide. These exhibitions, with art loaned from galleries, museums, individual artists, and corporate and private collections, play an important role in our nation's public diplomacy. They provide international audiences with a sense of the quality, scope, and diversity of American art and culture through the accomplishments of some of our most important citizens, our artists.
ART's curatorial team develops thematic exhibitions in collaboration with each ambassador, taking into account the host country's artistic traditions and cultural mores. They recommend artists and works of art, negotiate all loans, and propose placement of the art within the embassy residences. After all loans are secured and the art insured, ART's registrars coordinate with professional art handlers for the assembly, packing, crating and safe shipment of each exhibition to post.
This piece is from the Kansas Wild Flower Series original painting by Michelle Leivan
Size 20" x 16" on 3/4" deep canvas. Gallery wrapped (image extends around edge) this makes it ready to hang without a frame.
Description This is an original painting; it is not a print or reproduction. This piece was painted with professional grade paints to create a piece that offers cheerful addition to any setting needing a touch of vibrant color.
Media Professional grade acrylics on quality canvas and it glazed with a UV protectant seal.
Artist's Comments From Artist Blog 2/14/09
Crimson faced sunflower isn’t as common in Kansas as is the yellow sunflower but I find them inspiring with their brilliant reds set off with their green foliage. Inspiration comes from many sources... Delphos Kansas being the background for this piece as it was the last piece.
I am using a new technique to create these pieces. I have used templates that I have created by taking photo enlargements and cutting the template out in many stages to separate the initial colors. Then I continue with finishing the floral by painting them much like I have done with my past pieces. This technique expands my freedom with composition and contemplation of several possibilities. I am no longer tied to the first stroke of the brush to position the flower.
Apollo, Delpi, Delphos, UFOs!
The following incident occurred in Delphos on a dark, clear night November 2, 1971. It has never been debunked...
A sixteen-year-old farm boy heard a rumbling noise. When he stepped outside to investigate the noise, he saw a brilliant object near the ground. Although it was not clearly visible, he noticed a mass of blue, red, and orange colors on the dome shaped object. The object was said to be around 8-feet in diameter. With a bright, shimmering glow which extended from the base to the ground, illuminating nearby trees and the ground. After the object flew off, a glowing ring appeared on the spot. Analysis showed that the soil had undergone considerable physical and chemical changes that lasted for several months.
For more about this please visit http://www.ufocasebook.com/Kansas.html
The strange and unusual can be found in many places and it is particularly inspirational when it hits close to home and your own history. I can remember people talking about this in my early years. It has been a great source of conversation and debate. The UFO issue at large is like arguing with someone about their religion. You aren't going to sway them from their faith either believing or disbelieving. Which brings be back to the Greeks and their Oracle at Delphi dedicated to Apollo. You couldn't convince a Greek that the Oracle at Delphi was just getting their prophecies through inhalation of methane causing a hallucinogenic trance. This suggests that there is so much about the world that we simply accept through our faith in the unseen or misunderstood.
I will suggest here that there is much more to Delphos, Kansas rich history. I would suggest visiting if you get the chance… for online information go to the city website http://skyways.lib.ks.us/towns/Delphos/
Customer Feedback "Michelle is a wonderful artist and very professional to work with." - Cheryl Logan "I love having a Leivan in my entryway, it brightens up the entire space." - Carol Turner "I enjoy Michelle's wild flower series so much I had to have two!" - Karen Hiller