My latest work ‘In Season’ started with a trip to my local florists and flower market.
This is where my vision starts to become real and evolves as I discover that the
peonies I initially imagined myself painting were not in season. Only imported
peonies were available, so I chose to purchase local flowers that were in abundant
supply. I purchased just one peony to satisfy my original vision. I was drawn to
orchids for their vast array of varieties and colours which are both natural and new
colours are created using artificial colour – much like a painting is constructed. I
bring the flowers back to my studio to capture a moment in their short life with a
camera so I can replicate and recreate their beauty when I paint. While the flowers
are living (and sometimes when they are withered and in varying stages of their
lifecycle,) I create studies of every twist and turn of the stems, and the delicate and
fragile yet strong petals which are individual but create a whole flower.
This gives me familiarity and a deeper understanding of the flowers.
Then I sketch my linen canvas using pencil and start creating an under painting
using transparent layers of raw umber, focusing on tonality. Then I use transparent
and opaque colour until I reach a likeness with my subject. I paint petal by petal
which makes my process slow and considered and brings me into a meditative flow
Materials: Oil paint on Italian linen
Size: 112 x 168cm