This print is produced from my own original painting created in acrylic colours. The beautiful shapes of the cool leaves are brought to life as the early sunlight envelopes them. The Temperate House is the world's largest Victorian glasshouse and the iconic landmark of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
This original painting is A1 size and was created using different layers of mixed media techniques. I wanted it to be decorative and ornamental. It started with ink effects and stencilling. By flipping my handmade seaweed stencils I created symmetry. This was inspired by the Art Nouveau Movement.
The main stylised shells were painted separately. I then positioned them carefully keeping the piece as symmetrically balanced as possible. The fish are inspired by the French jewellery and glassmaker Rene Lalique (love his work). To add movement and energy my main fish has extra swoosh:) The use of wet inks and patterns help to give the fish a wet and reflective look. If you look closely you will lots of mark making and embellishments.
The sea urchins and starfish add an illustrative feel. The overall feel of this piece was inspired by some Victorian Majolica ceramics. Majolica would have and may still be a feature of many Victorian homes. It's glossy and colourful raised reliefs are very tactile and eye-catching. Have a google to see some examples of Majolica, Art Nouveau and Lalique.
Foxgloves and Daisies wrap around pattern. I was concentrating on happiness when this was painted. I didn't use a computer at all, just the garden and some vintage flower books. This is a visual summer hug, reminiscent of an English garden. The brush marks show the movement of the leaves as they grow. Every part is individual - no copy and paste for a Fine Artist!
Strawberry wrap around pattern. I was concentrating on happiness when this was painted. I didn't use a computer for reference whilst painting or stress out at all. This is a visual sweet hug. I think when something is made from the heart it shows in the mark making and the choice of colours.