I came across this painting of tulips that I did a couple of years ago (bought by a hotelier on the Isle of Skye where we used to live). It made me realise I haven’t painted flowers for some time, yet I get enormous pleasure from them, especially tulips.
Some of my flower paintings have been rendered in more of a ‘grunge’ style as I think of it eg. ‘Roses and old wall’ (below) – I love the fragility of the petals juxtaposed with the texture of the peeling paint and old plaster. I’m not interested in painting ‘pretty pretty’ pictures of flowers, although I like to think my paintings give the flowers a kind of different beauty. My dilemma is if I describe my subject matter as ‘landscape, coast and flowers’ or similar, it inevitably sounds like I do the ‘pretty’ style. Any suggestions or opinions on how I might describe this style would be welcome.