Botanical Illustration - Gloriosa
I find scientific and botanical Illustration a rare form of art where expression and descriptive accuracy are still valued on equal terms. I sketch or paint these for their own sake or use them as a study of shapes and motifs for other work.
Last October, wondering amongst the overwhelming quantity of buckets of fragrant flowers at four in the morning in New Covent Garden Flower Market, all I could concentrate on was my hot cup of coffee and thinking of my warm bed. But just as I thought of giving up, I noticed a tall delicate flower that I’ve never seen before. It was beautiful, and that that was that. I just had to paint it, and its name was Gloriosa. According to Wikepedia: "Gloriosa is a genus of ten species in the plant family Colchicaceae, and include the formerly recognised genus Littonia. They are native in tropical and southern Africa to Asia, and naturalised in Australia and the Pacific as well as being widely cultivated."
Size: 29.7 cm wide, 42 cm tall
Materials: watercolours, watercolour paper