Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Cosmos






My first ever 'proper' painting in oils of flowers was of tulips in a pewter vase in front of a window.

I was aged about fifteen, and was inspired by the work of my mother – herself a Slade-trained artist who was taught by William Coldstream and Patrick George.

Ever since then my motivation to paint flowers has never ceased. It is a unique and frequently denigrated subject matter in art, which actually requires huge control and discipline. I've written about this several times before.

My preference is always to paint garden flowers. I pick them immediately before starting the painting in order that they are fresh, vibrant and long-lasting.

This year I once again planted Cosmos in my garden, in great quantity.

The first time I painted Cosmos was when my late step-father John Hinchcliffe brought some round for me to plant. I went on to produce a series of paintings of those Cosmos that year, which I consider to be some of my finest work. They are now owned by Tresco Estate.

I'll never forgot John's friendly laughter on seeing these paintings, remarking with a hint of artistic rivalry that that was the last time he was going to bring me Cosmos!

Like my mother John also painted flowers, often using textiles as a background – reflecting his roots as a designer in textiles and ceramics.

My strength in painting flowers therefore comes from those strong traditions, and also from my own study, influences and tastes.

Over the last few months garden flower paintings have been my main focus.

The latest can be seen here, and are available for viewing in my studio.

1 comment:

Rudge Renewables said...

I agree you transfer a lot of feeling and movement into your flower paintings. Its a favourite :)