Yesterday I visited the Wey Gallery in Godalming,Surrey after delivering a new collection of work to be framed. I loved seeing the fabulous gallery display and I have new subjects appearing there soon.
On my journey home I passed a garden that was full of rows of sweet pea, one of my favourite flowers. Their blast of colour in the rural setting was incredible. Everyone who came to one of my workshops, earlier this year ,will know I have been disappointed because the plants in my cottage garden this year at that time hadn't produced any blooms. I am happy to say they are now flowering well and beautiful sweet pea paintings will be coming in the next few weeks I am sure.
Why do I like them so much as a flower?
They bring back memories from my childhood. I was brought up by strict Grandparents and flower picking from their garden wasn't allowed. But my Grandfather would pick little bunches of sweet pea now and then for me to give to my step mother when my father remarried. I would carry these little bouquets as treasure to my new home, to a woman who changed my life by bringing colour into it. And kindness.
Their fragrance is so delightful that I now place little bouquets of the blossoms around my home to bring Summer inside. I chose two varieties to plant this year,both heavily scented. One is a mix of vibrant colour.the other is soft muted shades. So it will be interesting to see which appeals to my brushes more!
You can read my orignal post about sweet pea via this link and it was really interesting for me to read this morning too. I am loving looking back on my older blog posts, enjoying how I felt at that time. I didn't realise by sharing my thoughts here I would be inspiring my own brushes to move on familiar subjects too. And see how I would portray them later on in my art journey.We will find out!
A real trip down memory lane!