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This decorative plant is a type of sunflower – using a limited palette it almost looks as if it is on fire….

Cardoon

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Aka the paddle¬† or desert cabbage this succulent belongs to the crussulaceae family. It has red tinged edges, especially when there’s enough sunlight around. In summer it can have a yellow flower, but as it’s winter it has borrowed a primrose…..

(Looking forward to more Georgia O’Keefe exhibitions.)

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A still life collection today inspired in part by the setter’s visit to the Matisse exhibition at the RA. The other group of objects contained Fatsia Japonica cuttings with wonderful glossy palmate leaves. If only the light had remained constant…….

Fatsia-Japonica

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It’s a lovely park which adjoins Hampstead Heath – but is so different in character. There’s a small zoo, an enclosure for fallow deer and formal gardens. The cafe is welcoming and in all it’s a good place to walk and sketch, especially when the sky is so blue……….

Golder's-Hill-Park-view-ove

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…a definite favourite. The trees are only just beginning to turn but inside the greenhouses are some wonderful colours.

lilly-seed-pods

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So far the exhibition at the Highgate Gallery is going well. The private view was packed out and the red stickers started to appear!

Here’s a painting that also appeared. It’s a view of the botanic gardens in Oaxica, Mexico, which has an extensive collection of Cactae and Agaves.

Botanic-Garden-in-Mexico

 

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But I guess they can encourage the use of less familiar palette combinations. And I’m loving the hot pressed Waterford papers I’m experimenting with…

Mosaic-vase-with-parrotWill really have to concentrate on getting some paintings ready for the Fair on Pond Square, not long now! In the meantime here’s a set imaginatively entitled ‘The games people play’:

Still-life-games-people-play

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