Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Nature Knows what Goes

With no time to rest on the laurels, it's on with the next BIG piece. This time I will need to produce an 'important' traditional mixed study. This sounds a bit more serious than the last one, so no snails and certainly no ladybirds allowed here. 

Sorry, no room for you this time Lucy.
Thinking about what to include brought to mind some really good advice. Not all flowers go together. There is a natural affinity for flowers which have complimentary colours to go together. So, orange and blue will look good, (agapanthus and crocosmia perhaps); violet and yellow, (maybe clematis 'the president' and yellow lilies or iris) and finally, red and green, roses with ivy or any number of foliage choices will go together. It's because these colours are oppostire each other on the colour wheel that they seem to go together so well.
Dahlia 'party' from an earlier assignment.
Yellow 'raspberry ripple' petals offset
by the deep maroon of the stems.

The colour is right but the plant is wrong.
The beautiful violet/purple shades of Clematis 'arabella'
would look fab with Dahlia 'party'.
Clematis is a climbing shrub and Dahlia's are bulbs,
I think I would struggle to make them look good together.  

Nature knows what goes.
Purple and yellow beautifully matched together.

What about shrubs and bulbs then? Well, they don't sit comfortably together apparantly, so something to avoid here would be my earlier idea of Clematis with Crocosmia . Bulb varieties will go together, so any combination of hyacinth, narcissi, tulips, crocosmia and alium will look gorgeous, but alas are out of season now. Shrubs look nice together so any combination of plants like roses, laurel, honeysuckle, clematis and hydrangeas will look good too.   
Ferns are great.
Would love to put one into my composition.

Ah Smoke Bush.
This beauty is a new addition to the garden.
Would love to include it in a supporting role.
Then again, I am trying to get out of the habit
of constantly using Perylene Maroon.

Right then, let's get on with it!

PS. My good online friend and fellow botanical artist Shevaun has just reminded me of another point to consider. Size! Yes, it is important when trying to put together a good composition and different sized blooms look better together than similar sized ones. Variety is the spice of life, so they say. Now, Shevaun is a bloomin' good artist so I would ignore this advice at my peril.  
Thanks Shevaun. x  


Debbie Nolan said...

Sounds to me like you have some real challenging decisions to make but I know you will come up with a great idea. Anxious to see it when you get it altogether. Take care and God Bless.

Sketchbook Squirrel said...

Hi Debbie. Yes, there's lots to ponder on this one, but I can't take too long about it. The painting will be quite complex, so I will have to get on with it soon.