How this series came about
It seemed the natural thing to do to carry on painting flowers after my first series. Painting colourful flowers is most definiately a mood altering experience, and who doesn’t need a little lift at this point in history.
My friend Jeandré Marinier invited me to be guest artist at Lifestyle Studio & Gallery in Hermanus for the month of January, where she is the resident artist. I was delighted to have such a great opportunity to accept and quickly set to work on a new series of flowers.
The name + thoughts
After experiencing really good rains over the winter of 2020 in the Western Cape, we had an incredible abundance of flowers in the wild and in our village gardens in Stanford. The word abundance has been hanging around in my consciousness quite a bit since the flower bug bit. Who couldn’t use a bit of abundance after a year like 2020 after all?
I painted with the intention of representing abundance for all in 2021. Abundance in any way you need it. This is my wish for us all for the new year.
My process and direction have taken an interesting journey during the painting of this series. I found myself getting lost in the layers in some of the artworks and struggling to find my way out again.
I’ve been making sketches of flowers and plants to explore the shapes, and studying the shapes and characteristics of some of our local Fynbos flora. I’ve also been experimenting with colour in new ways, and using many more transparent glaze layers to achieve depth.
I’ve used acrylic paint, acrylic glaze medium, some painted paper collage and a little bit of PITT oil-based pencil.
The exhibition in Hermanus
You can see Abundance in person at the Lifestyle Studio & Gallery at 12 Aberdeen Street, Hermanus from the 4th of January during normal gallery hours, 10am to 4pm Monday to Friday.
There will be no opening or First Friday Artwalk due to Coronavirus restrictions.
UPDATE: Although this exhibition was hung in the gallery in Hermanus, due to the Coronavirus restrictions for the month of January there was very little traffic through the gallery and many of the works are now available directly from me via my online shop (or an email) and some have been requested for a gallery in KZN that I will tell you about soon.
See more of this series
Some of the pieces in this series are available on my website with free shipping within South Africa. Have a look at available art in the menu above. Others will shortly be available in KwaZulu-Natal, details to follow.