Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Cyclamen from Siân

Drew these on Sunday whilst sitting under a duvet in front of the television recovering from a mean cold. Work in progress...

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Lilium orientale

Feeling a bit better today after a week of illness, but am left with this horrible cough which is not letting me sleep very well. Despite this, I am determined to get cracking on with the next assessment for my course. The work below is still work in progress, (only really one coat of paint here so far) and I am not sure if I will submit it yet, but I had to paint these lilies, they are so beautiful. This is about 4 hours of painting which I did today. However, when you count all the thinking and compositon planning I have done for this work, the hours rack up to weeks of work.

Friday, 17 September 2010

The Lion's Wings

So, you know how I said I have a zillion things to do before I can get cracking on with my botanical painting? Well there was one more thing added to the growing list yesterday - to make some butterfly wings for my boyfriend. Not the usual thing one gets asked to do, but you see he has a lot on as well, and it would have taken him a lot longer to construct some wings. So, late last night I was doing an 'art attack' on my sitting room floor using a watercolour wash. Then at 7am this morning I was in the garden adding acrylics, because the watercolours didn't work very well (although they made a lovely background). It was lovely and crisp outside - autumn has definitely settled in.
So here they are, not cut out into wings yet, but I'll leave that until I have measured them against the lion himself. Oh and yes - these are for the 'N and B' party... he is also coming as a B.

Big butterfly wings flapping in the wind

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Lack of Paintings

There has been a distinctive lack of paintings for a few weeks on inkyleaves... sorry folks. This is mainly due to the big Jesse - Jessie wedding and the preparation of several birthdays. Although I have managed to go through the first 25 years of my life only ever meeting one Libra, in the past 9 months I have got know quite a few in London, which means it's time for me to get busy with birthday preparations... Here are some cards I made today:


This card is for Bryony, it's her 30th soon and she is having a joint birthday with Nick, who is also turning 30. They have come up with a great theme for their joint birthday party... It's a fancy dress affair and you have to come dressed as something beginning with an 'N' or a 'B'. I have opted for 'B', but I am afraid it's a surprise, so I cannot say anymore, but you are welcome to post your guesses below...

Nick and Bryony's cards

Anyway, I do have coursework to be getting on with, so hopefully soon there will be some botanical painting occuring in my bedroom at Kew, if not, I will be in TROUBLE..

P. S. Embroidery for the Jessie wedding went down well... here is a piccie of the newly weds, and what a fabulous day it was too!

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Our New Exhibition is Now Open

Me next to James Sowerby's (b.1757) Tulipa species.

Although I pretty much love all the paintings on show from the Kew Collection, there are a few paintings which inevitably stand out. Most of the ones that I like were painted by the East India Company School. There is something incredibly quirky about these paintings, and they seem to serve their purpose much more - they describe a plant and to act as an identification aid. Most (but not all) contemporary botanical art seems to have walked away from the eccentric side of things and is far more interested in showing a plant precisely and with beauty, and although some of these paintings are outstanding in their execution, the modern paintings tend to leave me gawping at the skill of the artist, rather than to smile. The old paintings make me smile. There is a pleasing innocence to these images which allows me to feel like I am talking to the artist.

So this painting here is by James Sowerby (1757-1822), one of my heroes. His name popped up many times while I was studying Sir James St. Aubyn at Plymouth Museum. He is responsible for illustrating many natural history collections, including some minerals from Sir John's collection. His colourfully illustrated books made natural history interesting to everyone in his day, and this Tulip is no exception. It is utterly beautiful in my eyes, and is anomalous in being one of my favourites in this exhibition, and not from a company school.