This assignment really is the hardest one yet. The project is so open, the number of possibilities really does seem to be endless. What flowers to include, landscape or no landscape, colour matching, it really is all here.
My first idea, to fill the page with crocosmia leaves and flowers with clematis arabella peeking out here and there sounded gorgeous in the early stages, but was too much. Working from photos means you need some really good, detailed and informative pictures to give you the information you need. This has proved really hard!
Next, I moved on to a couple of lovely hardy Fuschia I picked up during my break in London. A gorgeous summer plant, the dainty little leaves, reddish stems and beautiful 'ballerina' flowers in shades of pink, purple and red certainly make Fuschia's photogenic. Will they work in a composition? There are certainly a good number of ideas bouncing around my brain, perhaps with more of a Graphic Design influence than classic botanical illustration. Working around the idea of the language and meaning of flowers in a romantic composition for a wedding, engagement or valentine's card. Oops have I just let that little cat out of the bag?