Selected WORKS 2013-2015
After the Storm Series
Three Small Paintings of
Paeonia officinalis ‘Rubra Plena'
The cottage garden peony is one of the first peonies to bloom in the gardens of South East England. Each year, in early summer, the flowers are invariably affected by sudden storms. Sometimes there are several storms in one day, perhaps lasting only a few minutes.
This series is a record of the varying effects of this type of random weather pattern, which includes hale. Storms come and go, and this particular peony will bend and flex with the weather, whilst holding its petals in place.
The bright crimson hues of these semi-transparent satin petals appear a radiant pink in the dawn on a calm sunlit morning, and may present themselves as a deep rich maroon on an overcast afternoon.
For the work, a stem of the plant that holds a flower is cut and brought into the studio and painted from a north-facing light source. This series has been used as reference material for some larger monochrome drawings, some of which are shown on the Drawings website.
Coral G Guest