Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Scabious, Cerinthe and Malva and something different...

Some quick sketches trying to capture the essence of these beautiful flowers.

This scabious I have had in a pot all winter and it doesn't seem to have minded at all!


These have appeared in the front garden after me flinging a few seeds, that I'd had hanging around for years, last autumn. I have to say I'm delighted and surprised to see them as very often seeds just 'flung' don't usually amount to anything after they've battled through all weathers and pests. I painted this yesterday evening when the second flower was tightly wrapped. They are such a bright pink I think Opera Pink would have been a good colour to use but I don't have it as I'm pretty sure it's fugitive.

I just love the deliciousness of these Cerinthe major 'Purpurascens! They have seeded nicely this year.

Here is something else I'm working on which is a lot more detailed and a different kind of painting experience.

It's painting on de-sized calico with fabric paints, silk paints and the occasional bit of acrylic ink; inspired by the wonderful textile designer Sarah Campbell. It's taking ages but I like it and eventually it will be made into a bag. The thing is I'm starting to think it'll be a shame to cut it up!


Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Leucojum In Situ and Helleborus Orientalis

Middle of March already and what glorious weather we've had here in Suffolk. I thought I'd paint this leucojum in situ as in some respects it's easier than doing a study of the plant. I do love it with the little white flowers shining out like stars on crisp, cold night. I used a bit of masking fluid for the flowers. It comes in handy sometimes for such things that would be very difficult to paint around. In can be a pig to get off and can tear the paper if left on too long. It also leaves a very hard line but I wouldn't be without it for special occasions.

This is a beautiful hellebore that a dear friend gave me as a seedling many years ago it is now blooming wonderfully in the herb garden.

The background I had to paint rather dark so the petals would sing out from it. I also dropped a little sea salt into the damp washes to add some texture and interest.

I'm so happy to tell you that I have, after many longing years, a greenhouse! A beautiful greenhouse that I shall probably be putting into a painting very soon.

Happy Spring, everyone. X