Nature - Flora
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There is something special about flowers. Not necessarily those privileged to be in large, impressive, well-tended gardens; it could just be in a small garden nook, rambling and happy. While walking through streets in Hanover, Karoo desert country, South Africa, where very little in the way of a garden can be sustained; I was delighted to find tiny flowering cactus in the grass and some rather impressive sunflowers in the dusty dirt behind the church! On Norfolk Island, an eye-catching yellow dandelion flowered from a crack in the old penal colony gaol wall – heralding much brighter present times! It only takes that little spot of colour, of flower essence, of natural beauty shining in the light, to make a positive difference. Poppies with their transparent, tissue-like petals are a perfect choice of flower for a work titled ‘Garden Glory’. I credit art tutor Jenni Kelly, with inspiring me to look more appreciatively at poppies, for sharing her reference photos (many taken of poppies on show in Queens Park, Toowoomba) and teaching me to paint them in a style influenced by hers.
A friend's dam was the inspiration for this little painting and now her daughter has it, having moved house and taken this reminder with her of the beautiful view from her former bedroom window. When the waterlilies are flowering it is a sight to see as they poke their heads above the waterlily pads.
Essence of Lotus A
‘Essence of Lotus’
I’ve always loved waterlilies and lotuses. They are particularly beautiful and sacred flowers and I painted this of a lotus after photographing it growing in a water garden in Ubud, Bali. Recently as I was reading, a line caught my attention as it seems to perfectly sum it up - ‘like airborne waterlilies, fat pink buds and star-shaped flowers poking stiffly out of upturned skirts of leaves held high above the water’. .. My intention specifically was to capture and convey to viewers the special essence of Lotus in this particular painting; just as the well-known Buddhist mantra does – ‘Om Mani Padme Hum’ which translates into ‘the Jewel in the Heart of the Lotus’. Lotus flowers feature in the decorative and sacred arts of Egypt and India in particular.