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“Flight of the Dandelion” & more by Suzanne Velk
“Flight of the Dandelion” & more by Suzanne Velk
01-Mar-2013 - 28-Mar-2013 


“Flight of the Dandelion”: photographs and

“The Naïve World I Live In” paintings

by Suzanne Velk

“Flight of the Dandelion”

A collection of photographic images by SuzanneVelk.

Dandelion clock / n Seed head of the dandelion

It is said that the number of puffs needed to blow all the seeds off the dandelion head will give the hour of the day.

Using a macro lens fitted to my Nikon camera, I began photographing the flight of the dandelion seed the year I closed my commercial photographic studio in Melbourne.

In many ways the flight of the dandelion seed represents my own freedom.

Freedom from the demanding world of advertising and a new luxury....time!

Time to sit for hours in a paddock of dandelion clocks waiting to capture the moment when an individual seed is captured by the wind and taken in flight.

The air borne seed of the dandelion has a beauty and fascination that brings back childhood memories of fairies floating in the wind, the telling the time with each puff and the making of wishes.

"One o'clock, two o'clock, three o'clock...."

We would chant, as with each puff a few more seeds would float away until only one hung on, and then maybe it was time to go home.

I love this collection of images and the magic they conjure up; I hope you do too.

“The Naȉve World I Live In”

Acrylic on canvas by Suzanne Velk

Tall gums framing paddocks of green and gold.

Cockatoos screeching across a pure blue sky.

Cows and sheep grazing on the undulating land.

Chickens, ducks and geese living in my garden.

I paint all I see around me.

Inspired by the style known as "naȉve art", I paint in a form that is simplistic, or some might say child-like.

My art is not to be interpreted in any deep and meaningful way; it is simply to be enjoyed for its colour and whimsical form.

The words of Henri Rousseau say it all for me:

“Nothing makes me so happy as to observe nature and to paint what I see. Just imagine, when I go out into the countryside and see the sun and the green and paint everything flowering, I say to myself, Yes indeed, all that belongs to me!”

“The work of naȉve artists is as old as man’s need for artistic creativity.

From the 19th century onwards, ever since the advent of Henri Rousseau on the artistic scene and throughout the 20th century so far, naȉve art has outlasted the ever-changing variety of aesthetic styles.

Although subject to its own laws, naȉve art remains nevertheless an essential part of the artistic scene in any period.”

Extract from: World Encyclopedia of Naȉve Art.

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