The Sturt Desert Pea is a beautiful wild flower that grows in outback Australia. The Original painting has sold, but not without a story.

I had some people come into my gallery saying that they were wanting a painting of Sturt Desert Peas. They said they couldn’t find one anywhere in Broken Hill. My husband kindly offered for me to paint them one. They said they were leaving town in two days and could I have it finished by then? My husband said """"not a problem"""" – he is a great beleiver. I was not so convinced, but I said I would try. I worked all evening, all the next day and evening until I was satisfied and pleased with the painting. They were due to pick the painting up the next morning. They never came back. Lesson learned: When it comes to Art people are fickle. Always get a deposit and don’t trust their enthusiasm. Always try and do the right thing by others, but don’t expect others to do the right thing by you. Getting angry at others letting you down isn’t worth the energy.
Whoever buys this print, please remember that rich beauty can come out of trying circumstances. The Sturt Desert Pea is a living example – immense beauty growing in the harshest environment.

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  • WayoftheWarrior
    WayoftheWarrioralmost 6 years ago


  • Dulcie Dal Molin
    Dulcie Dal Molinalmost 6 years ago

    Absolutely georgeous, love the story as well.

  • Thank you for your kind comment. After all the drama (re the story) it has turned out to be one of my favourites.

    – Sue Hodge

    FAIRIEWOMAN1almost 6 years ago

    I know this is a desert plant, but the imagery is so fertile and filled with promise. Nice work.

  • Have you ever seen one? They take you by surprise – and you wonder how something so beautiful can survive out here. They are very hard to grow in a garden though some people do manage it.

    – Sue Hodge

  • Heabar
    Heabarover 5 years ago

    i just love it !!!

  • Thank you – Sturt Desert Peas are glorious creation!

    – Sue Hodge

  • Antony Matzkov
    Antony Matzkovabout 5 years ago

    fantastic art, i love the bush and all its glory, i have recently uploaded a photo of this plant from the pilbara WA. again, fantastic.

  • Impressionism
    Impressionismover 4 years ago

    beautiful art ~ fantastic painting! love your style

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