The next challenge was to find the names of these humble plants. Some have wonderful descriptive names such as Hawksbeard, Cranesbill, Willowherb and Bird’s Foot Trefoil - names that nod to days gone by. The process of finding their names reminded me of outings with my mother when we would go into the country clutching our Observer book of wild flowers and try to identify the plants by the number and colour of their petals, their leaf shape and formation of the stems Not as easy as it looks as there are so many that are alike and I apologise to real enthusiasts for any incorrectly named!
From late last summer I have been working on paintings inspired by plants in the Norfolk hedgerows observing their changing forms and colours, their simple and complex designs their interaction with rain, sun and wind. These paintings in acrylic on paper are gestural and textural produced almost exclusively with the aid of palette knives and other mark making objects and are the result of my time spent studying, photographing and sketching these gems of the countryside. Here are a few of my paintings.
Winter Hedgerow; About to Blow; Poppies in a Field; Dandelions in a Field; Reds and Golds of Auumn.
Ladies Bedstraw with Common Mallow, Hawksbeard and Daisies; Meadow Cranesbill, Cowparsley and Elder; Field of Grass (sold)
Seed Heads Late Summer; Poppies and Thistles; Autumn Gold; Rosebay Willowherb with Meadow Cranesbill and Creeping Thistles; August Fields with Ragwort.