Picture Profile 2401: Galanthus “Paradise Giant”.

Artist Code 2401. Galanthus “Paradise Giant”. Water colour on Aquarelle Arches 100% cotton paper 140lb. 10″ x 14″. Completed 6th January 2024

This is snowdrop number eight in a series of thirteen paintings of snowdrops for the Iceni Botanical Artists’ Fullers Mill Project, most with a special link to East Anglia. All the project snowdrops are situated in Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, Suffolk.

This snowdrop has large flowers and is similar to the variety “Sickle” except that it flowers later and increases readily. The flowers have long, tapering outer perianth segments (petals), whilst the inner mark (inner perianth) is a distinct “H” shape in most flowers. The plants grow to 22cm tall with stems bent over like a native English bluebell. The pedicel from which the flower hangs is quite short and snug to the spathe which in some cases is a “coif” with a twist. Outer petals measure up to 3 cm when fully out, but can be as small as 1.5cm. Each flower head usually has two leaves facing inwards, sometimes three. The leaves are concave, very plain, and have no ribs.

Galanthus “Paradise Giant” (No. 8)

In January 2022, the Iceni Botanical Artists, IBA (of which I am a member, and Chair from November 2021–), decided that their next botanical project would be to paint a year of the flora and fauna in Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, Suffolk, designed and planted by Bernard Tickner and his wife, Bess. It was decided that it should be a two-year project and completion of all artworks was set for 1st January 2024.

In March 2022, Annie Delbridge, then head gardener (with permission from the Charity Perennial who now look after the garden) supplied the IBA with a list of plants which grow in the garden and the animals, birds, insects, fish etc., which live in or visit the garden. Iceni Artists have been free to choose which plants, vistas and fauna they would like to depict and it is hoped that we will hold an exhibition of all the artworks, as well as publishing a book with a selection of paintings.

My main task for the project is to paint 13 snowdrops – some rare, some not so, and others which are different, and most with a connection to East Anglia.

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