butterfly fractals      
       
       
sunflower spirals pen and ink On the left Sunflower Spirals is a drawing in Pen inspired by the intricacies of the geometry that we can see in many "daisy" type flowers and most easily seen in Sunflowers because of the size of the seeds. I am completely fascinated by this geometry and will probably be still drawing and painting variations of it for years to come. I have drawn 55 spirals and this is a Fibonacci number, significant in nature as these numbers re-occur time and time again. I have used ladybirds to depict the seeds in the centre of the Sunflower.    
       
Sunflower Spirals
2014
Ink on Paper, 34x34cms
     
       
snail pen and ink flowers fractals A Hungry Mollusc has been inspired by the many slugs and snails that are around this year because of the incredibly damp weather. Snails have even been eating the petals on my flowers... yep the petals, so I thought it only right to depict a snail full of flowers, after all there must be many in my gardent full of daisy petals!!! I love daisy type flowers and I grow everything from Ox-eyes, Gazanias, Rudbeckias and Sunflowers. I can unhappily report the slugs and snails particularly like to eat my Gazanias and Rudbeckias! :( Detail of Hungry Mollusc
       
A Hungry Mollusc
2014
Ink on Paper,
     
       
Spiral Swarm on the left, is a daisy with the 55 spirals in the centre, set into an elipse as though you are looking across at the daisy. Surrounding the daisy are ladybirds all moving in a spiral formation to reflect the spirals within the daisy. I chose ladybirds, because when I walk through the wild area of garden, amongst the Ox Eye daisies, ragged robin and many other wild flowers and you pause just for a few moments, you will see so many insects that you previously haven't seen. Ladybirds are much more abundant than you realise, as are many others, that are all around us, but are only seen when we stop our busy lives and begin to look and notice just for a few moments. Detail of Spiral Swarm
       
       
       
tree of life insects watercolour The red tree is formed from lots of bugs that can be found in leaf litter, including silverfish, centipedes and rove beetles. These beetle create the contours of the patterns found in bark. Surrounding the tree are shapes inspired by ferns indicating that this is the undergrowth from a woodland. The idea is that the tree sheds it's leaves and creates the leaf litter vital for the insects, that subsequently break the leaf litter down to become soil/compost that gives the plants, such as the tree vital nutrients. This ecosystem inspired the title , "tree of life" because each of these elements are interdependent on each other. An insect has a vital role in the world around us. Detail of Tree of life
       

Tree of Life
2014
Ink and Watercolour on Paper
35 x 50 cms (approx)

     
       
Ladybirds surround the daisy, but is also part of the background. From a distance they cannot be seen, but from close up they can easily be seen. This is the same for the countryside, the daisy is seen but we have to search to admire the tiny, vital insect world around us.

Close up of Ladybirds

       

Ladybirds
2013
Ink and Watercolour on Paper,
24 x 30 cms (approx)

     
bud moon flower blue
This is a flower, where the petals are made up of Magnolia buds. The buds therefore open and create the flower but also create the flower as a metaphor for the petals.
This is a development of the idea on the left but flowers and insects have been used to create the overall butterfly.
 
 

Moonflower
2008
Gouache on Paper, 25 x 25 cms

 
Fractal Butterfly #2
2011
Ink and Watercolour on Paper, 50 x 50 cms (approx)
 
 
 
sunflower bud yellow  
This is an image of a South African flower, the geometry behind the flower is the microscopic cross section of the stem of the flower depicted. This is showing that symmetry and forms transcend all scales in nature.
Sunflower
2008
Gouache on Paper, 25 x 25 cms
 
 
    Patterns beyond... #2
2010
Mixed Media on Paper, 50 x 75 cms