Saturday, 19 December 2015

A Group of Waterlily Paintings

This group are also on their way to London.  They're all of waterlilies, painted from study visits to Edinburgh and Kew glass houses, and also Central Park in New York.  You can see a selection of the photos that I took in Edinburgh and Kew HERE and HERE.

Here are the canvasses together in the studio.

Waterlilies are a theme that I explored in a number of paintings many years ago, and it’s a pleasure to return to them afresh.  For my solo show, I think of how I can juxtapose different themes and types of painting - so there is the calm and intimate close-up pattern-making of the waterlilies, which I can place against the powerful, exciting, energetically abstract shapes of waves in the seascapes, or wide, open landscapes of empty beaches or huge skies.

It's also a good way of exploring texture and shapes, and lots of pattern-making pictorial rhythms. 

Blue Waterlilies (Oil on linen, 12 x 12)

Pink Waterlilies at Kew (Oil on linen, 16 x 16)

White Waterlily, Central Park (Oil on linen, 26 x 32)

Pink Waterlilies in Sunlight (Oil on linen, 26 x 32)

Tranquil Waterlilies, Kew Gardens (Oil on linen, 24 x 26)

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