Flower Grids 1 and 2

These last two works are small pieces, measuring 20 x 20 cm. This grid arrangement is becoming a tradition. I did a bigger version last winter, so I thought I’d make 2 small ones that are variations on a theme. My mum loves these! I decided to ensconce the flowers in a nest-like shape, a…

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Flower Salad

After a successful Warwickshire Open Studios 2019, I am continuing my exhibits for my local hospital’s Healing Arts Summer Exhibition. The show runs until 30th September, so do check it out (as it is free to see in the hospital grounds in Coventry). My first submission this year is the paper collage above. This work…

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August Wedding

This was an off-shoot of July Wedding. Sometimes the elements of one work flows into another. July Wedding was a much larger piece at 41 cm x 58 cm. This one is approximately half that size. The couple is moving into their new – a houseboat. A more intimate size was thus an important consideration.…

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July Wedding

This was a special commission for a summer wedding. With this in mind, I thought I would create a summer ‘spread’ of flowers, as if in a banquet table. I thought of enlarging my fringed flowers to approximately 8 cm in diameter! I used a Cricut machine for this. The flowers then gave me the…

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Sisters

This is the final piece for my Warwickshire Open Studios group show at UHCW, here in Coventry. My best friends were the muses. The idea was to celebrate nursing – a profession that, quite literally, has brought people from different parts of the world to work together and care for patients in our National Health…

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Floribunda 4 – Vintage Colours

When making these for my WOS exhibit, I thought of reprising vintage colours. I chose two primary colours, a white accent, and finished it off with a deep green. The see-through yellow flower is a new flower this year. I like how it pops against the blue! This idea has made me think of making…

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Floribunda 2 – ‘Orchid’

Orchids are something I have an affinity with because I got to discover their beauty in my early childhood. My mum used to grow a few and is reviving this practice this year. Our neighbour also had a little house extension crammed with (now I come to think of it) rarefied varieties. Then, we lived…

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Floribunda 3 – Arrangement on Mocca

A five-petal flower is always a challenge. So, I finally made a successful one! The plum shapes fill a pentagon that looks like a bird house. The tri-coloured grey, pink and green flower is a dimensional one that I’ve bent and shaped on my index finger pads. I like how it undulates. The lavender flower…

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Floribunda 1 – Folly Flowers on Pale Blue

This year’s Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower show inspired me to make some new folly flowers. These are now a summer tradition. Those big chocolatey ones look so exotic. The pink one on the left corner is a new ‘quill and pinch’ manouvre that looks good in six petals. The background paper actually has some…

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Birthday Roses

I have made this birthday card for a special person. Sometimes, the best way of ‘composing’ a layout is through simplicity. And sometimes, the best inspiration is right in front of you staring you in the eye. The sun had a particularly strong light when I made this card and my early roses were starting…

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Barrio Fiesta

Whilst working with my Warwickshire Open Studios series, I became nostalgic about fiestas. Perhaps, becoming slightly homesick, again (a perennial problem for me). For the uninitiated – they are simply parties, a good excuse for getting together, sharing food and feeding people in a spirit of generosity. Where I come from, there is a religious…

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Micro-climate

Another abstract moment headed to Warwickshire Open Studios this year. I decided to inject some ‘cuties’ in this one. These inked bug-like things are emerging in my subconscious, as I listen to nature-related topics on the radio while I’m working. I have been listening to this dystopian drama on the BBC, called ‘Forest 404’. Somehow…

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Savoury-sweet

I have continued the gastronomic theme and sharing this today. This one’s an odd one, but it is slowly growing on me. A gauche creation that I’m still trying to figure out. I added a touch of gold watercolour – ‘savoury’. The ‘pinks’ and ‘yellow’ are the saccharine elements. The iridiscent sequins complete the arrangement.

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