Where I live, bougainvillea is something you see in the US Botanic Garden on The Mall. I gather it is a tropical plant, although at the moment with the temperature dangerously hovering near 100 degrees, northern Virginia feels quite tropical!
|Bougainvillea at the US Botanic Garden|
While driving around in Kauai back in February, I spotted this charming, bougainvillea-covered, scene. Wow! As a matter of fact, bougainvillea was quite common in the island. Lucky Hawaiians. The flowers seem to come in rainbow colors, my favorite being magenta as in the reference photo. When I first saw the entire country road smothered in bougainvillea, the light was not right. We went back a couple of days later, to take a whole bunch of pictures, which became inspiration for the painting.