I haven’t written a blog, updated my website or done too much in recent weeks. But after an enforced rest (more in another blog) I am now refreshed and raring to go.
My last blog was in May when I told you that my Malus ‘Golden Hornet’ picture had been accepted for the ASBA exhibition in New York in November. Such a lot has happened since then. and we only have three days left in July.
At the time I was exhibiting in the Cranleigh Arts Centre and at the same time in the last Society of Floral Painters Exhibition in Chichester. But in the beginning of June I was asked if I would paint two Irises as part of the Cedric Morris Florilegium. I agreed and met up at the garden of Sarah Cook in Suffolk, who is collecting the Benton Irises. All who had agreed to paint an Iris for the intended Florilegium met up for the Saturday and were flabbergasted at the array of Irises in flower.
As you can vaguely see, we were spread out around the garden sitting and sketching on our knees. Not the best of positions, but for the love of painting botanically we almost do anything. I have to say that luckily the sun came out at lunchtime and we all started shedding our layers of clothes. Unlike many of the others I was stupid enough to forget a hat!
I did do several sketches, making notes of size and colour, so that I have a better opportunity to paint the portrait at home.
Luckily, we have two years to complete these pictures and we are invited to catch up with the Irises again in June next year.
Today I will show you a couple of sketches of the Iris Benton Farewell. They are in watercolour.