‘Fruit of the gods’ used for exhibition promotion – Luton Hoo Walled Garden

Posted by Tina on September 18, 2013  /   Posted in Uncategorized

Just received a lovely email – “Dear Tina, Would you mind if we use your lovely Persimmon on our latest promotional material? All the best, The Arts Team, Luton Hoo Walled GardenArtsButanicaPosterPersimmonScreenShotBGalleryWebScreenShotHVAWeb

MY FOUR PAINTINGS ARE COMPLETED FOR THE LUTON HOO EXHIBITION – THREE FRAMED 25 October (delivery 26th October, so a late night framing the fourth and making labels etc.), and all delivered on time!
1. DONE. Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) Code 1304. Sketch completed 12 September 2013. Painting completed 3 October.
2. DONE. Butomus umbellatus (Flowering rush) Code 1305. Sketch completed 13 September 2013. Painting started 4 October; completed 12 October.
3. DONE. Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) Code 1306. Sketch completed 14 September 2013.Painting begun 15 October; completed 21 October 2013.
4. DONE. Rosa gallica officinalis (Gallic Rose) Code 1307. Sketch completed 14 September 2013. Painting begun 22 October; completed 25 October 2013.
ALL SKETCHES DRAWN ONTO PROPER 100% COTTON RAG PAPER, READY FOR PAINTING (19th September 2013). It is exactly a month to handing in day. I shall upload progress pictures when I can.
The two photographs side by side in the left hand column further below show my studio window ledge – decaying, smelly, hollyhocks and flowering rush – which has actually started growing new shoots!

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1. Alcea rosea (Hollyhock) Code 1304. Sketch completed 12 September 2013:

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3. Oenothera biennis (Evening Primrose) Code 1306. Sketch completed 14 September 2013 (see below).

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4. Rosa gallica officinalis (Gallic Rose) Code 1307. Sketch completed 14 September 2013 (see below). It is interesting that some things look odd! I am left-handed and when I designed the sketch felt it was all right; I looked again at some old ‘Masters’ and noticed that most curve to the right. I reversed my drawing on the computer and printed it out and asked my right-handed neighbour which composition he preferred. He plumped for the reverse drawing, as did my hubby. So I think it will have to be the reverse in the final painting. As I usually (and did in this case) draw straight on to tracing paper, this did not present a problem.

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2. Butomus umbellatus (Flowering rush) Code 1305. Sketch completed 13 September 2013 (see below). I think I shall move the elements around in the final drawing, as the original sketch does not look well balanced – in the final drawing, I have moved the main flower stem upwards and more to the centre, and brought the right hand leaves in closer and slightly behind the main flower head.

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