Archive for the ‘Flowers’ Category

Mophead and lace-cap hydrangeas can change colour according to the soil they’re in and how they are watered. This one started out as blue but there’s so little rain about at present that it’s now in the pink.

Hydrangea

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Fine Strelitzia in the greenhouses at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens. Really striking as the bracts are formed like birds’ beaks with plumage-like flowers. Almost escapees from a Jurassic park? Fun to paint….

Bird-of-Paradise

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Someone brought along a cute cyclamen this week – interesting shapes and textures, though no botanical realism.

Cyclamen

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Still blooming in December – so something fresh from the garden to paint…

Nasturtiums

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The aim in both cases was to  add splashes of red and orange (and a few more colours, including indigo and sepia for the greys). The peppers are three times life size, the sketch of flowers are smaller.

 

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Cobalt, Cerulean, French Ultramarine, Indigo, Prussian Blue: all have different origins. Mostly cool and calm but warmer as they reach violet. But as the month progresses other colours will fill the palette.

Still-life-with-freesias

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To Charleston, the home of the Bloomsbury set and Farley Farm, the home of the Surrealists in England, and all in one day. And what a glorious summer day. Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant were the main inhabitants but the house has a fascinating history and is full of circles, squares and triangles. Roland Penrose and Lee miller lived at Farley Farm and the house was a meeting place for leading modern artists of the time including Picasso – more shapes to see and a sculpture garden. (Oh – and there are great places to have a pub lunch nearby.)

CharlestonNow to get ready for tomorrow’s Fair in the Square in Highgate…

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