Painting: Oil on Paper.
From my ‘Paintings of Plants’ collection inspired by the many pot plants that I surround myself with at home. Gathered over the years, they have become a feature of my city life in London, living in flats and converted warehouses where plants gather onto window ledges and balconies. I wanted to convey the individual character of each plant, their lopsided leaf arrangements and vibrant natural greens.
This picture is a ‘Christmas Cactus’ in a terracotta pot. So called as they flower from late November to late January. Their leaves are thick chunky segments, radiating out from the middle of the plant.
Painted in a flattened modern style, each plant picture was painted in one day, using oil on heavy weight paper, using small flat head brushes. The composition uses a complimentary colour balance, making use of the plant’s natural green foliage and playing this against the red of a trunk or terracotta pot.
Paper size: 16.5 x 23.4"
The picture is unframed.