I have never grown out of the wonder of plants appearing in bare earth.  I encourage insects by tending a wild area of garden which grows many indigenous plants that have self-seeded from the local landscape.  It is not just the growing plants that are beautiful, but the dying ones are too.  I love to observe the shapes created by the dying flowers and I leave the fading blooms of summer in my garden throughout the winter because they are vital nourishment to the insects and small mammals.

I enjoy observing the passing seasons and the changes this has on the landscape, and not just the obvious change of Autumn leaves but the increased insect activity in Spring, the flowers that bloom and die in Summer, the wasp feasting on a rotting apple.

       
       
       
       
 

This painting was inspired by the end of season Anenome's in my garden. The flower petals arch back making the dark centre more obvious. However this is not the only Fading Bloom in this painting. As butterflies age their wings begin to get tattered as their short lives near their end too. No less beautiful just passing on so the seeds and offspring can live the following year.

£325.00
(unframed)

 
Fading Blooms #3
2017
Oil on Board, 60x60cms
     
       
fading blooms flowers oil paintings  

The Amaryllis is the most majestic bloom that brightens up our Winter homes, however when it dies it is no less graceful. This painting is based upon the amaryllis falling from the bulb and hanging down vertically from it's pot. It was a white amaryllis which fades to pale brown, but in different lights whites and greys pick up many colours.

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Fading Blooms #1
2017
Oil on Board, 28x38cms
     
       
fading blooms flowers oil painting  

This is another Amaryllis like the one above but in the fading light of day.

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Fading Blooms #2
2017
Oil on Board, 28x38cm
     
       
echinaceas flowers bird  

This painting is based upon the Echinaceas dying, with the centres becoming more domed shaped and the petals losing their vibrant pink colour and shrivelling and dying. Beyond the flowers is a goldfinch painted as camouflage to the background, because the dying flowers will give life and support to these birds during the winter. A reminder to every gardener not to clear their dying summer plants away.

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Echinaceas
2016
Oil on Board, 80x80cms
     
       
poppy heads oil painting  

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 close up birds
Poppy Heads
2017
Oil on Board, 80x80cms
    Close up of Poppy Heads
       
Teasel butterfly   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.

 

 

£495.00
(unframed)

 

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