A lovely neighbour gifted me a fresh, pink bottlebrush flower sprig and I found a tiny bottle to hold water for it. The light and colour captivated me and I was drawn to make a painting of the combination :)
Here’s a close up when I was painting green into a leaf, amongst a spotty pattern for the (imaginary) cloth. [By the way, tricky to do with a phone camera in my left hand and painting a small area with a fine brush with my right!] Loved that Autumn light streaming in my Northern-facing studio window! You can see it in the pic by the strong shadow and the wonderful, almost glowing paint colours, can’t you?Gradually, native flowers (& chickens)(and we’ll see what else in my new locale!) are appearing in my repertoire of themes. With poor old Captain Whitepaws gone, we are a cat-dominated household in spirit only. I’m still doing double-takes, thinking I’ve seen him and it’s just some recycling waiting to go out or something.
Here’s the bottlebrush flower still life, almost finished. The quilt in the background is inspired by a quilt gifted from another friend! Lucky me :) #happycolours
Here’s (a photo of) the glass jar. You can see from the marked shadow of it’s contents across the picture that when the painting was almost complete, so was the flower! I like that about art … precious or beautiful things can be captured and enjoyed for more than the short life of the original inspiration :D #artastimetravel
Here’s a close up. Check out the bee hive section of the quilt. #honeyyellows #upsidedownmrsquiggleAs of this writing, the original artwork is available for sale to a good home. Yours perhaps? Click any image above to view the Bottle with bottlebrush painting in my Gallery Shop and learn more.
Or, click the picture below to check out the 2018 Bold Art Calendar (Still Lifes) which features Bottle with bottlebrush as the February painting!
You may have guessed that the 2018 Bold Art Calendars are freshly back from the printers! How exciting! They’re lovely in hand and vibrant as can be :)
Thank you bold souls who placed early bird orders (and saved a bit of moolah!) – your calendars are winging their way to you as we speak (interstate/international) or happily waiting to be picked up at a market :)
I’d love to hear in the comments section if you’re a massive fan of Australian native flora, or if you’re just as happy with nasturtiums and daisies in your garden and artwork :)
Love Meg x o
PS Join my mailing list for $25 off any painting in the Early Bird section (you can find Bottle with bottlebrush there for a little longer). And, you get 10% off bold art calendars (until midnight at the end of 2017). And, you get to access the Tangerine Treasury secret download library? So much happy art to love :D
PS2 From this years limited print run of just 250, 70 calendars are already spoken for … if you want one, place your order as soon as you can to get the theme you like the best!