This is my latest work towards my exhibition later in the year.

It has been a while in the making and has had a somewhat organic journey as my ideas have changed as I've been making the picture. My original plan was to paint something dramatic. ---a pale rose against a dark, possibly black, background. This was to avoid an "old lady" sentimental picture,  which is a danger when one attempts a rose. But as the rose grew on the canvas I rather liked the delicate feel of the pastel colours and stayed with them. After all there are many more dramatic pics to come, including the PEONY which is underway right now.

The background references are ---an Elizabethan woodcut of a gardener smelling a bloom.

---a medieval herbal.

---a piece of William  Morris wallpaper called Briar Rose which (hopefully) looks as if the background is being peeled away to reveal thewallpaper underneath.

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This little painting(20 x 25 cms) was meant to be part of the background of TIGER LILY AND BLUE BUTTERFLIES but I felt it would make that background too complicated so here it is as a work to stand alone.

Perhaps a tiger would have seemed more appropriate but tiger lilies are spotted hence the leopard, though I so love the animals that are from the Royal Apartments in Montreale, Palermo, that I intend to paint more of them for the exhibition. 

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Here goes with my second entry for my exhibition THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES. This picture is more whimsical. As I said in my last blog the background of these pictures is to have references to the history of the bloom depicted. Not so here... It was my intention to play with the idea of tiger lilies against a background of mosaic tigers from the Royal Apartments in Montreale, Sicily. However I got to thinking tiger lilies are spotted , not striped, so I've done the charming mosaic animals as separate pictures.----more to come in my next blog---- meanwhile....

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THE ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES is the name of my up and coming exhibition.

The paintings are of large single blooms set against a background that tells you something about the plant's origins. eg the picture I'm about to post is called IRIS. The background has four separate references to the history of the iris.

1. The fleur de lys was an ancient symbol for the iris, which had religious and magical signifigence for the Romans.

2. I couldn't resist the temptation to include Van Gogh's IRISES, without doubt the most famous iris painting.

3. The main background is taken from a 19th century Japanese wood block engraving. The iris motif was very popular in the IMAGES OF THE FLOATING WORLD engravings of the period. 

4. I've included an early herbal as the iris species was often featured in herbals and botanical manuscripts. 

As a picture is worth a thousand words I'll now treat you to the picture itself!

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