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I wanted to create an autumn wedding suite that captured the beautiful colours of the season, with all those golden hues and deep orangy reds. Fruit, hops and berries are so much part of this time, and give an earthy richness to a botanical arrangement.
Having a table arrangement of real botanicals right infront of me (rather than using a photograph) helps capture their vitality in a watercolour painting. The forms and shapes are loose and unframed, and something of that inspires the way I paint them. Also, there are so many nuances of tone and hue in real life, which makes for an rich and interesting palette of colours.
This table scene features a vine of hops that I found by the Thames, near the Fuller's brewery. I was really surprised to see a huge bush of them here in the city, and imagine they may have grown from a bunch of plants thrown out on the banks by the brewery, years ago. There are lots of other wild walks along the river and it wasn't too long before I found blackberries. For a few extra stems I cycled to a local florist and chose hypercium, along with a few extra blooms for the house.
Then the fun begins!
The paintings were photographed and arranged on digital layouts, paired with fonts, and printed onto beautiful Italian paper. You can see the final peices in the shop.
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