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Inspiration for this pink flower painting came from some pretty delicate Common Fleabane flowers that I found growing on the side of our hill in the backyard. Also known as Philadelphia Fleabane, the wildflower is native to North America and is a perennial herb in the Aster family.

The Cherokee and other Native American tribes used the Common Fleabane for a variety of medicinal purposes. The name "fleabane" is Old English and refers to the plant's odor which supposedly repels fleas. Quite interesting indeed!

I decided to paint the flowers on a very cool piece of old broken late 1800's bi-fold fireplace doors. The doors were once used to cover the Summer kitchen fireplace in what is now the basement of our home. Looking at the back of the piece, you can still see mild charring caused by the heat and embers of the fires many years ago.

I painted the flowers in acrylic paint and noted the wildflower name along with my initials and date on the back of the piece. I reinforced the back of the wood with hot glue disguised with dark brown paint, then attached a piece of rusty barbed wire diary farm fencing for hanging purposes. The wire was found across the road from our home in an old abandoned farm field and is well over 50 years old.

My finished piece measures 18 1/2" from top to bottom, is 7" wide at it's widest point, and 1" thick. The entire piece was coated with several coats of matte varnish sealer for protection.
Quite an interesting conversation piece if you appreciate nature, vintage, and the rustic side of life!

Primitive Pink Flower Painting - Vintage Wood - Original Acrylic on Antique 1800s Fireplace Door - Mothers Day


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: antique wood, vintage rusty barbed wire, epoxy, acrylic paint, matte spray sealer, glue
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