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Monday, 27 March 2017

Tales of Echium Pininana and a beautiful garden. Inspiration has come at last!




It's been a long while since I have posted anything on this blog.  The winter was harsh in the studio, which doesn't inspire, and I started a new job.  The new job is in beautiful surroundings. A wildlife garden in the middle of Kennington.  Now as spring approaches, it is coming into its own.  It is full of giant Echium pininana. (Tree echium or Tower of jewels). I have seen these growing in Cornwall and they are rather magnificent. They are native to the Canary Islands really.  Anyone who has known me or my blog will know that I had a lovely summer drawing Echium vulgaris, which is commonly known as Viper's Bugloss.  They are related and deliciously blue.  I am looking forward to the summer, when these great plants will shoot up to heights of 3-4m (in some cases) and are covered in hundreds of little blue flowers.  The bees love them.  Presumably butterflies will too.

Of course I am inspired by these plants. I am inspired by the garden, which has a pond with newts and frogs and now tadpoles, by the hives for the bees, the solitary bee homes and the many more flowers, which I am looking forward to seeing at the summer progresses.  I have started some prints that I am hoping will turn into something I want to put in a frame at some point.




This Echium is further on. The stem is as thick as a forearm and the little flowers are beginning to form.


Below is an old book that my mother had.  She had pressed flowers into it and I found this ghost of a pressed flower today.  It would have been her birthday yesterday, so it felt particularly poignant. 





This was an attempt to recreate them in monoprint.  I wanted the image to be soft and almost translucent.  I will be working on this idea too.

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