View Full Version : Flower experiments

08-23-2014, 12:13 PM
This isn't actually in a sketch book but on loose pieces of paper - but they are experiments, so sketchbook-like, just loose.

I went to a talk by someone who does large scale flowers last week and it reminded me that I had been wanting to do some more - but abstracted.

I didn't like her work at all - someone in the audience behind me muttered 'painting by numbers' as she coloured in between the lines she'd traced from a photo :rolleyes:

But .... it made me dig out my paints to do the things she didn't if that makes sense? using wet in wet as well as layering paint, scratching into wet washes for fine lines and generally playing.

What I didn't get right in the big one (A3) was the composition - I don't like the shapes on the top right corner that are too close in size.


It's watercolour and Caran d'Ache Neocolour II on A3 Khadi paper (this crop is maybe just over a foot across). The paper has a very coarse texture and is very absorbent. Not sure if I'd buy it again.

It's an abstract but triggered by shapes from bearded iris.

Then over the past few days I've played with smaller ones, postcard size. Trying to get that delicate translucency of petals but without being a depiction of a specific flower - abstracted a bit. All are out of my head with no reference other than memory and then abstracting.



And a commission I had from Derwent about 3 months ago using their Inktense, about 11.5 inches across


and some from a couple of years ago looking at seedheads from memory




and a canvas from a few years ago 30 or 36 inches square, I forget which but I'd like to work this scale and larger developing ideas

So I want to do some more and on a large scale

but I want to develop the coast ones from the sketchbook

and I want to start thinking about books for the grandchildren

and I need to do some collage/paint/stitch ones for an exhibition .....

studio assistants - I need studio assistants like Hockney and someone to clean and cook and give me time :)

08-23-2014, 03:00 PM
Yes, assistants. You are absolutely correct. We could all use someone to cook and clean for us. :lol: The sketch/paintings are very lively.

Joan T
08-26-2014, 10:18 PM
Wonderful experiments!!! When you get your assistants ask if they can recommend one for me.

08-26-2014, 11:20 PM
gorgeous...love the organic feel of the first one, and love the delicate nature of the others

08-28-2014, 12:48 PM
These are wild. I love the way your skill at accurate rendering goes into them when you get loose and crazy. It really works, they're so full of motion and color. All of them are interesting. Personal taste is I like realism more, but you've gotten a style I'm not usually into working so well I just still like them. Especially the ones that you zoom in close but the structure is still there. Like Georgia O'Keefe's giant flowers, they're awesome.