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All in a row and yet each single daffodil seeming to be ‘looking’ here, there and somewhere else – one almost hidden behind another. The yellowness of the flowers is delightfully set against their rich orange trumpets. For artists, these colours can be used almost straight from the tube of Cadmiums – yellow deep, mid, light, lemon, and then oranges and reds all with such powerful properties. It is quite unusual in figurative painting if the aim is to represent natural life to use such pure vibrant colours. They are gaiety itself.
Oil on panel 2021 28 x 36cm 11 x 14in
Oil on panel 2021 41 x 34cm 16 x 13in
The lime cup appears as part of a green painting. Begun in January when good limes are scarce but hellebores are plentiful. The bottle is part of a small collection I have been given. This one is particularly lovely with the colours of the fruit and flowers reflected within it and looking almost like a butterfly’s wings.
This is the second painting of two beautiful roses. I wanted to try a lighter background which changes the character of the painting. To me it is light-hearted but I cannot say I have a favourite. The dark version has a richness the light one a gaiety. The roses can take any light it seems and still glow.
Oil on panel 2021 41 x 34cm 16 x 14in
Oil on panel 2021 41 x 34cm 16 x 13cm
Now and then I find it fascinating and very useful to join workshops, to do something new and work with someone who has a different way of working – but along similar lines. These two roses were painted in just such a workshop. Online and over 6 weeks I was introduced to a rather different way of painting – faster and more expressive. I returned quite a few times to these workshops and am grateful and happy with their influence and greater knowledge I now have. The artist is called Paul Foxton and he runs varied workshops online. I think these two flowers are very delightful. I added some of my own preferences and ways of working from the Atelier system. The balance works well.
Oil on panel 2021 23 x 28cm 9 x 11cm
Set on some handmade terracotta bricks, in a small alabaster cup, these little flowers hold all the charm of Spring in their simple shapes and beautiful colours. When in the shade of another flower the yellow takes on a greenish hue, the mauve becomes intense magenta in places. Nature really is a wonder and for a painter, despite its difficulties, painting flowers is such a joy to share.
Oil on panel 2020 12 x 10in
Oil on panel
29 x 24cm 2021
A very simple study of two beautiful, almost white daffodils with gorgeous pinkish yellow trumpets. They are such a gift when they appear after Winter. In our garden they are preceded by waves of naturalised snowdrops, followed by the earliest crocuses just everywhere, things move on with blue anemone blanda until the main act of Spring is really with us and these wonderful daffodils appear. In this painting, the background is thinly painted, against which the flowers appear almost sculptural. Their shapes are wonderful to paint, and lovely to have hanging on one the wall, simply framed.
Oil on panel 2021 34 x 26cm 13 x 10in
Two more gorgeous roses, slightly different in colour and are the result of another workshop with Paul Foxton. The rich colours within the cups are the most vibrant with the petals fading in intensity as they curve away from and around, the vivid heart. This first painting has a deep background that offsets the pale petals beautifully. One rose is in shadow which heightens the transparency of the petals at the back in a rather astonishing way. The pattern made by the stems and leaves gives a strong contrast to the composition.
Oil on panel 2021 41 x 34cm 16 x 14in
Oil on panel 2021 55 x 45cm 22 x 18in
Oil on Panel 2021 34 x 41cm 13 x 16in