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poppy heads oil painting    

poppy heads close up birds

These are Autumn poppy heads before they have started to rot away and all the lovely reflections and forms you see on their skin. I have also hidden a little camouflaged friend as poppy heads with their seeds are crucial food for the birds who hang and pull them over as their seeds drop out so they can eat them. Gardeners are too keen to tidy seeds heads are great fuel for the birds throughout the colder months. The bird here is of no particular species and is camouflaged and smaller so the dead heads take priority in the picture ready to be picked and thrown aside.

Poppy Heads
2017
Oil on Board, 80x80cms
    Close up of Poppy Heads
       
  This painting is about the drama under the Daisy, a tiny Daisy on a lawn has other flowers that grow beneath in the grass. We only see the large landscape, the rolling hills and trees but hiding beneath our feet is a micro world of beauty.
Under the Daisy
2016
Oil on Board, 122x40cms
     
       
Dahlia pink symmetry     The symmetry within Dahlias are irresistible. These two paintings of Dahlia's hopefully show the precision in which the petals are arranged. The work is textured, as a lot of my paintings are to show that nature is not just what we see on the surface, but there is so much more that we do not see or realise.
Dahlia #1
2016
Oil on Board, 28x28cms
     
       
dahlia pink symmetry      
Dahlia #2
2016
Oil on Board, 28x28cms
     
       
violas purple flowers pansy    

Violas are little gems in the spring that give us hope that the weather is soon to change. The flowers are small and glow from the grass.

£295.00
(unframed)

Violas
2016
Oil on Board, 50x50cms

     
       
teasel butterfly oil painting     Teasel is the last lingering structure throughout autumn and winter that reminds us of the warmer days. In this painting the last butterfly clings as the weather changes and life becomes tougher for the birds and insects.
Teasel
2016
Oil on Board, 50x50cms
     

 

     
     

This is the tiny head of a Dandelion, with the little holes left after the seeds have flown. The dead petals hang beneath the head. This took me a while to paint, as it kept looking like a jellyfish! But then, that is what I am fascinated about with regards to nature the repeating forms that look similar but are in a completely different environment of nature. The top of the dandelion has a similar pattern to a peacock. It doesn't matter what scale you look at the patterns and shapes within nature are familiar.

 

£445.00
(unframed)

When the Seeds have gone
2015
Oil on Board, 50x70cms

     
       
scabious flower butterfly     For several years I have been cultivating a wild garden which has ox-eye daisies and scabious. The Scabious on the left was painted from that garden and I have camouflaged the butterfly into the background because the insects flit between the flowers and as they turn their wings they are barely imperceptible it is not until you walk through the flowers that they all fly up in front of you and you notice the wildflowers that they have been visiting.
Scabious
2015
Oil on Board, 50x50cms
     
       
     

peony butterfly oil painting

This is a painting about camouflage not to the flower but the butterfly disappears into its background. It can just about be seen even on the compressed digital image. I want people to take a second look at my pictures and discover something new.

 

£295.00
(unframed)

Peony
2015
Oil on Board, 50x50cms
    Close up of Peony
       
butterfly camouflage flower oil painting     The flower is based up on a Rudbeckia. I enjoyed camouflaging the butterfly even though the flower is a multitude of colours.

Camouflage #3
2015
Oil on Board, 70x70cms

     
       
cranes bill flower      
Study of Cranes Bill
2014
Oil on Board, 21.5 x 50 cms
     
       
sky red buttercup flower     This painting is actually based upon buttercups, which I made red, so that they are more vivid against the sky background. The viewpoint is that of a tiny insect looking up at the tiny buttercups in a field wth the landscape and sky as backdrop.
Looking up to the Sky
2015
OIl on Board, 80x80cms
     
       
foxglove flower sunset bee    

foxglove flower bee

This painting is about a sultry summer evening, when the sun is setting, and the last few bees of the day are collecting the last of their pollen in the warm humid air. The foxglove is still flowering late into the season, growing ever taller and now has become too heavy for itself so you get the characteristic bend in the stem.

Foxglove
2015
Oil on Board, 80x80cms
    Close up of Foxglove
       
prey daisy oil painting     On the rear of the Daisy the prey is about to face the predator on the top side of the Ox-Eye Daisy
Prey
2012
Oil on board, 80 x 40 cms
     
       
predator crab spider     A crab spider perfectly camouflaged in an Ox-Eye Daisy lies in wait for it's prey.

Predator
2012
Oil on board, 80 x 40 cms

   

 

       
       
spirals daisies    

All daisy type flowers whether they are huge sunflowers, or Ox-Eye daisies have tiny flowers that make up their yellow/orange centres. These open and release pollen, the open flowers create the fluffy edge to the centre. This is hardly descernible by the naked eye, but instead can be seen under a microscope.

I have tried to show in "Spirals" that these little flowers make up the interlocking spirals we see in the centre of daisy type flowers. This is a bee's eye view flying through a field of Daisies in June. Snaking through the bottom of the painting is some goose grass, a weed, but a geometric beauty because of the arrangement of it's leaves.

"Spirals"
2013
Oil on Board, 80x80cms

     
       
helenium oil painting flower     I painted the Helenium on the left, taken from my garden, I liked the natural shape that the petals created, because the petals on the top left and right looked as though they were antennae themselves. Mirroring the insects that visit them, last year the Heleniums were covered in butterflies, so much so that I struggled to get a photo of my Heleniums without a butterfly on them!
Helenium
2014
Oil on Board, 50x50cms
     
       
bumble bee     What can I say? But this is my love of insects, I love bees, and always have done! They are such delicate creatures, and we need them to pollinate for us. There are soooo many species in the UK, but they are shrugged off as yet another bee. This bee, is my species of bee, and is not meant to be any specific bee, but a celebration of all bees, indicated by the bright simple background.
Bumble Bee
2014
Oil on Board, 40x50cms
     
       
    'Summer Ladies' has a background that consists of many ladybirds, in contrast to the Rudbeckia in the foreground. This has been created from mixed media.
       
Summer Ladies
2014
Mixed Media, 21.5 x 50cms
   

 

       
    Ladybirds have replaced the central petals of a Scabious. The ladybirds are revealed as you look closer. People generally shy away from insects but their relationship is imperative to the shaping and well being of our landscape.
Over Populated
2013
Oil on Board, 50x50cms
     
       
    Left is an oil study of Cranes Bill, an indigenous wildflower to the UK, cultivated into Geraniums and is in many gardens. Few notice the shape of a Geranium, 5 Petals with 2 sets of 5 stamens in the centre. Even the leaf has 5 distinct pointed parts. The multi-coloured background is of 5 sided polygons, emphasising the pentagonal nature of this plant
       
Cranes Bill Pentagons
2014
Oil on Board, 80x80cms
   

 

       
     

Beetles have replaced the stamens of the Aquilegia. The insects should not be overly obvious when you first look at them but revealed as you look closer. People generally shy away from insects but their relationship is imperative to the shaping and well being of our landscape.

 

£295.00
(unframed)

       
Over Populated #2
2013
Oil on Board, 50x50cms
     
       
    Amongst the Iris petals is a close up of an iris, colours are based upon the purple and yellow iris with a lot of personal inspiration! The background is a colourful view of a garden behind.
       
Amongst the Iris Petals
2014
Mixed Media on Board, 50x50cms
     
       
aquilegia flower     How many do we really look at an individual flower when it is clustered with others, we see the overall beauty rather than focussing on the individual.
A Study of Aquilegia
2014
Oil on Board, 28x28cms
     
       
cow parsley colour fly    

As I sit in my garden I watch all the insects that are attracted to it, including flies, and am always surprised at how many flies visit flowers, and simply by brushing pollen must have a plant reproductive purpose too.

On the crest of the flowers I have a camouflaged fly, merged into the background. This is continuing my theme of celebrating the small flowers, and insects that are all around us.

£295.00
(unframed)

Visiting the Cow Parsley
2013
Oil on Board, 50x50cms
   

Close up of Visiting the Cow Parsley

       
migration dragonflies insects    

dragonflies insects

Many dragonflies each made up of many insects (see right) this is referring to how nature is made up of similar imagery on small scales.

       

Migration #1
2012
Oil on board, 80 x 80 cms

    Detail of Migration #1
       
gladioli    

gladioli

The pair to the one below, shows tonal interpretation of a gladioli is hiding a camouflaged insect (see right). Showing the hidden nature all around us.

Camouflage #2
2012
Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40 cms
    Detail of Camouflage #2
       
gladioli
   

gladioli close up

Tonal interpretation of a gladioli is hiding a camouflaged insect (see right). Showing the hidden nature all around us.

Camouflage #1
2012
Oil on Canvas, 40 x 40 cms
   
Detail of Camouflage #1
       
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