Artwork Description

Every now and then when I feel like flexing my drawing muscle, I will pop into my local florist and grab some native flowers to paint. These came with a bunch of Proteas, kind of as florist filler I guess, but they are so interesting in their own right that I decided they deserved an entire painting dedicated to them.

I like the simplicity of the pared back colour palette of grey/greens and turquoise sitting within the negative space.

For my still life flowers I work 'Alla Prima' which means the work is created in one go. (The very nature of my materials means that there is little room for error anyway, so you are kind of forced into doing it that way). But I actually like the thrill of painting directly onto the paper without pencilling out where I'm going first.

It's a gamble; sometimes this works beautifully and some days I waste lots of paint, paper and valuable time on 'duds' that just end up in the bin. However, I do feel strongly that something as fleetingly beautiful as fresh flowers deserves a bold, quick approach, and I'm happy to sacrifice a few duds if needed in order to get the perfect painted drawing.

For the record, this painting was the first and only 'take'. It was a good day ;)

Medium

Gouache on Arches Watercolour Paper 650gsm, deckled edges all sides. Unframed.

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Sally Browne

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