|Rita's original picture from the Millennium Garden|
I also discovered the work of Shirley Trevena who paints with watercolours in an exuberant and flamboyant way - all bold colours and vivid contrasts - not the timid tints you'd expect! The following picture is one of Shirley's, followed by my own forgery. Hmm - maybe a new career? Works of the great artists to order!
|Irises by Shirley Trevenna|
|Forgery by me!|
Well - I'm a long way off in my own creations! I realise that after a lifetime of working with plants and flowers, I know what they should look like, so am rather bound by realism. I can draw reasonably well and make a dahlia look like a dahlia but that means I tend to do a sketch then fill in the shapes - sort of painting without numbers! One thing I do love is colour! I realise that my planting schemes have always been very flamboyant and painting plants allows a sort of creativity that would be impossible with real plants. If a flower is not in the right place just paint one in! Think daffodils would look good next to sunflowers - paint them!