I spent 30 years painting still life until I started pursuing other subject matter a few years ago. I’d been waiting to have something new to say about flowers.
Peonies and Roses
The various stages of opening peonies and roses is wonderful to paint. The purple-blue in the peonies and the cream-rust of the roses have been a lot of fun to concoct.
36” x 48”
DUCHESS DE NEMOURS
I tried to capture the delicate cup-like shapes in the Duchess de Nemours peonies. What I like about painting white flowers is noticing how many other colours they have. I mixed up purples, greys, and light tans for the petals. The centres of these ones are a yellow ochre which create the glow from within.
In this riotous bouquet, I brought in as many colours as possible. Cy Twombly’s late flower paintings were an inspiration with their energy and abandon. Flowers from the garden, exposed to sun and rain, transform beautifully in shape and colour.
36” x 48”
Besides the pink, this painting has such interesting tones of magenta, creams, blues. While waiting for our peonies to bloom in Edmonton, I purchased these two from our local florist who is a peony enthusiast. It’s wonderful to me that there are so many people who are passionate about peonies.
When you paint white flowers, you realize that they are composed of cream, green, blue, and grays. Describing the folds and volumes of these white ranunculus in a softer light was wonderfully challenging.
32” x 48”
MAGENTA AND WHITE PEONIES
I’m interested in exploring asymmetrical compositions rather than a more traditional bouquet. A more contemporary abstract composition helps me rethink and reinterpret the floral still life.