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!



  1. I LOVE these! The colours are so accurate and your loose style gives them that natural feel as if the paintings are an extension of the real thing :-) Love the fabric painting too - show us what you make with it x x x

  2. Lovely all of them! That fabric is delicious :-)

  3. what a nice photos

    So beautiful
    very nice works!!

    Have a nice week


  4. Love the purple ones... the real ones just blend right into the painted ones... lovely... :)

  5. Thanks everyone....must get back to it. Spring is coming. x


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