Pomodoro is one of my latest two limited edition fine art prints. It was painted one cold winter’s day when I really needed to feel warmed up.I found some gloriously juicy ripe vine tomatoes in the kitchen and they became the subject of my winter warmer painting: Pomodoro. I love the spidery dark green leaves on vine tomatoes. They’re the left over sepals of the little yellow and on vine tomatoes, they create really interesting shapes to contrast with the smooth round fruits.
The looseness of these tomatoes made them seem to radiate the smell and taste of the sun ripe fruit – in the same way as a rich pomodoro sauce does. Since italian style cooking is a hot favourite in our house, the taste and smell of tomatoes is a familiar pleasure.
Lepidoptera was inspired by Marc’s collection of framed butterflies. He started collecting them almost 30 years ago. The colours and shapes are astounding. The range of patterns varied and beautiful. It’s no surprise that these stunning show-offs of the insect world are popular subjects for artists. Aside from the sheer vibrance of the colours and wing designs, they embody the concepts of freedom and lightness. And of course, the idea of metamorphosis from a stubby, slow moving caterpillar to a free-flying nectar collector is so very appealing.
My painting was done using two specific butterflies as references: one of my all time favourites, Urania Leilus and the dramatic, O. Croesus. The other butterflies on the page are simple shapes to add some further butterfly essence rather than any particular specimen.
Prints of Pomodoro and Lepidoptera
Pomodoro is now available as a limited edition fine art print on Artfinder
Lepidoptera is now available as a limited edition fine art print on Artfinder.
A couple of months ago I was accepted for an ArtFinder portfolio. ArtFinder has proved an extremely productive route to selling my work. The team there do a wonderful job of marketing and promoting the artists. They really earn their commission.
Now, for the first time, I’ve taken the decision to create limited edition fine art prints. The runs will be limited to only 25 and each will be signed and numbered. Rhine Trees in the Mist is a 50 x 50cm giclee print. I was initially concerned about the quality of the printing – but when I saw the first one, I was thrilled.
Ever since I was a child I’ve loved trees. I was never happier than when climbing to the highest branches where I could see for miles. I love a sense of scale and the possibilities in a distant view. In this painting, a sense of mystery is added by the mistiness of the soft background. The texture in the dips between the forested ridges create tendrils of mist rising up through the branches. This painting has a feel of the Bavarian forests about it which inspired the title.
More limited edition fine art prints will be coming in the next couple of months.
Rhine Trees in the Mist is available in the following formats:
I’m currently sitting in the airport in Johannesburg waiting to board my flight home. I’ve been away from home for four weeks on a working trip (and managed to see my parents and siblings along the way, which was a lovely bonus). Now it’s time to go home. I have exhibitions to start preparing for, and a family who might want to know that I’m still around. Tomorrow I will walk into my studio again for the first time in quite a while. I am looking forward to getting my brushes back home.