Thursday, 3 May 2012


I said in my last post that I'd been working on a number of flower paintings lately.

Here they are.

I wrote a few years ago about how I don't believe that paintings such as this are a 'soft option' for any artist – and how such subject matter presents a number of challenges.

Fortunately the studio was very cold this spring, limiting somewhat the natural movement of the flowers as they sought light.

The positioning of the flowers is crucial to the way I work, as I relate each flower to the others across the space. At the same time I try to capture the freshness and character of the flowers, which gradually diminishes as the painting progresses.

It is important that the painting retains this 'life' – as that is what appeals to me and drives me to continue in this discipline.


Chris Rudge Renewable Power said...

These look great!
I'm looking forward to seeing more when coming along to your studio open day.. Can you remind me when that is please?

Harriet Barber said...

Thanks Chris,
I will have the Open Studio during the last week of May. I will confirm dates and opening times soon.

Kitchen worktops dude said...

Just because flowers are pretty does NOT make them a "soft option" for painting! You've painted them really well, well done.