Picture Profile: 0018 Cuckoo Pint Story

AMATEUR ARTWORK: 2002 to 2005

Please note that all paintings listed by Artist Codes 0000 to 0020 were painted prior to my turning professional. I started to number them in this way not in any particular order, then realized that if I was to be a professional, I needed to have a proper coding practice. So I decided after these 21 pictures that I would have four-digit Artist Codes, the first two digits representing the year, and the second two digits the order in which I either painted or sketched the artworks (not necessarily completing them at the time), i.e. “1023” was painted in 2010 and was number 23 of 23 paintings started during that year.

0018 Cuckoo Pint Story

0018 Cuckoo Pint Story

Botanical Illustration. ORIGINAL WATER COLOUR. Completed December 2005. Framed size 22″ x 19″

Artist Code 0018. SOLD


Cuckoo Pint, Lords and Ladies, Arum maculatum. A long, slender stick of bright red berries (which I later discovered to be extremely poisonous!) was snuggling beneath a hedge whilst I was walking in Derbyshire in 2003. A picture of the growth stages [story] of the plant leapt into my head as I plucked the stem. I carried it a further four miles to my caravan base and kept it in the fridge for the next week in the hope that it would not fade before I had time to paint it at home. I realised I would have to paint the picture from right to left on the paper, as in my hand was the end product rather than the beginning. It took nearly two years to complete!