Tuesday, 14 July 2009


Finished piece called ORCHIDS IN INDIA

I decided to produce some new pieces to use with some work already completed and create a series called FLOWERS IN MY TRAVELS for submission for the Kings Lynn Summer Festival event held by the West Norfolk Artists in the lovely St Nicholas Chapel venue. They are all acrylic on 16" x 16" box canvas.

You may recognize from earlier posts that I had created earlier this year both TULIPS IN AMSTERDAM and PROTEUS IN SOUTH AFRICA. I took a good hard look at these compositions and changed them somewhat so they were not so complicated. I also used an old rough painting as a base for another one about SUNFLOWERS IN S.W. FRANCE from our many stays with friends in a farmhouse out in the country between Bordeaux and the Dordogne.

For this post, I am showing you how I worked on a completely new piece based on our trips to India, when Clive was absolutely bowled over by the TAJ MAHAL. Here are a couple of stages and as you will see from the finished piece at the beginning of the post, I decided to remove the spray of orchids climbing up the right hand side into the sky.

early blocking in

later stage when building/reflection added
As usual, they all show my love of flowers, plus my passion for colour. When I get back at the weekend from staying over near Kings Lynn with my daughter, I'll photo all four together and post the series for you to see and let you know if any were selected.


Candy said...

Gorgeous. Flowers in your travels is a perfect idea for a series.

RHCarpenter said...

Good composition without the spray in the right side, Joan. Good call! And lovely flowers and scenery combined to commemorate your travels...looking forward to seeing them all together.

Margaret Ann said...

I have seen many impressions of the Taj Mahal...but none quite as personal and nostaglic as yours...The flowers are simply charming...beautiful composition Joannie! :)

Robert A Vollrath said...

What fun:) I love how the orchids and the Taj Mahal colors play off each other.

Joan Sandford-Cook said...

Sad to say it did not get into the Festival art event (although two did from this flowers in my travels series). I am told although the selection team liked it, the subject did not fit into the show at hanging stage .. but thanks for all your kind comments.