Over the last few months I have been painting and drawing variety of floral artworks. Centrally using painting mediums on wood. A few weeks ago whilst on a trip into the city I popped into my favourite art store Eckersley's. In doing so I scrounged through their sale pile, and found a set of five A4 size wooden boards.
Having no original ideas about what I could use them for, I did let them sit for a bit on the floor at the end of my bed... a common place for art products unfortunately.
I began looking through my collection of floral pictures (mainly stored on one of my many Pinterest boards), and I came across a beautiful image of a Waratah. Waratah's are a native Australian flower, known for their vibrant red colour and intricate surface. Initially sketching the Waratah onto the board I placed it as central as possible. I then began painting with oils over my pencil sketch, reference near by. Once majority of the colour was applied, I was seemingly unimpressed by the lack of 'oomph' the artwork has in its current state. The Waratah was beautiful but did not have any depth or contrast against the background. I proceeded to look or inspiration and once again came back to one of my favourite artists Alphonse Muscha. I proceeded to draw a oval shape around the Waratah and then sketch some 'art-deco' inspired lines on the outer boarder to accompany the gold.
Following on from thisi began to paint the gold decoration and fill in the seemingly blank space with a rich purple made up from Ceylon Blue, and a Rich Magenta with dash of Burnt Umber. Alll of a sudden the artwork began to come together. The Waratah leaped out from the board and looked more suited than ever to its position. I have continued to create more of these art-deco style floral works, drwawing on inspiration from Gustav Klimt and Robert Hannaford.
Abbey is a practicing Visual Artist and high school teacher.