This still life painting evokes memories of my garden in the summer, and with that comes a sense of calm and nostalgia. It resonates with me because it came together quite quickly using some of my favourite cottage flowers: Pinks, Poppies and Buddleia.
I am interested in the language of flowers and how they might carry meaning. Buddleia represents rebirth or a new beginning – bees and butterflies have a passion for them. Dianthus, or carnations symbolise love, and this ‘William of Walworth’, a black and white laced variety, with its narrow band of colour was great to paint. Poppies are a well-known symbol of remembrance and peace, and I love the papery petals of this white variety.
The expressive gestures and marks I use are a kind of shorthand, which describe shape and pattern in the work. The repeated line-dot motif of the Buddleia flowers have a particular focus and energy. The sienna spear shaped leaves are more considered, taken from Viper’s Bugloss, which I have also been using in my landscape paintings. The background hints at a patterned wallpaper, implying domesticity, and the texture of the vase is from a previous layer.
Flowers improve health and well-being. Derek Jarman once said, ‘a garden is therapeutic in its peacefulness’, and I hope this painting portrays a little bit of that.
Title:Garden Bunch acrylic, emulsion and pen on canvas, framed
Size: 20cm h x 26cm w
Price: £380 (contact form, please include the title of the work)