Sunday, 6 October 2019



A birds eye view — standing on tip toes I used my phone camera to take a photograph of Forget-Me-Nots. It is interesting that these plants were planted formally and yet the colours show mingling. I thought about the spaces, rhythms and patterns of growth as I painted. Initially I wanted to use a palette knife and do an abstract study in the style of Nicolas de Stael, this didn’t work and I resorted to dotting and dabbing with a brush.

  • Layer one was initially painted in black, with areas of Prussian Blue to indicate the reflection of the blue flowers.
  • Layer two, varying marks of dark green were applied.
  • Layer three, following the rhythm and patterns of the flowers dots and dabs of pale violet, pink and blue were applied. Finally bright green was added to certain areas.

NB: each layer was thoroughly dried before applying the next layer. Working in acrylics I only had to wait an hour or so for the layers to thoroughly dry. When I did the work again in oils I had to leave a week between each layer. 

Diamin Hirst 2017 - Veil of colour paintings. He used the colours from Bonnard’s garden paintings. I used natures colours with black earth showing between. Bonnard was concerned about his legacy,

‘I should kike to present myself to young painters of the year 2000 with the wings of a butterfly.’

I am sure he would be pleased with the attention modern painters give him.

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