Garden Art on wood – Ferns & Butterflies Through Bronze Gate

2016. Excited to start small paintings on recycled wood!  A trip to the city dump should find me the relevant thickness from backing boards, drawers & door panels, from old furniture discards.  I can’t bear to see good wood go to waste, and its likely to provide a good grain for sanding through painted layers to reveal colour magic, adding mystery to natural forms with abstraction.

Ferns with Flutterbys
Ferns – Butterflies – Dragonfly – Bronze Trellis – 3ft x 2ft on marine plywood

This painting was done circa 2000 and kept for my own yard as I enjoyed it so much.  The aim was to create images for gardens and patios.  Elements from a garden, combine to create something akin to a garden poem.

To create another painting on the theme, fresh photos of uncurling ferns give renewed inspiration with added elements.  The lilac and violets contrast fantastically with the lime green ferns.  Giant florettes could be painted behind the ferns.  The tin frog adds an animist element to the ferns.  His rusty colouring with pale turqouise also compliments the ferns with their russet base stems.  Picture story:  he is playing a saxophone, as if the ferns are unfurling to the music.

This points to further design inspiration:  adding elements to represent music, such as multi layers of mutating colours, for example using the violet Anchusa flowers with highlights of the pale turquoise and rust.

Interestingly all the colours forming the fresh inspiration are already in the old painting which had no other items around it, than the ferns by themselves.

Design development to be continued…..  as blog practice.

Anchusa with unfurling fernsUnfurling ferns with tin frog

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