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Selected Works 2013 ~ 15 Paeonia officinalis 'Rubra Plena'

 

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

 
 
           Pink dawn, Blooming in the Sun Rise After a Storm in the Early Hours.  Paeonia officinalis  ‘Rubra Plena’. Watercolour on paper 35 X 25 cm 2015

 

 

 


Pink dawn, Blooming in the Sun Rise After a Storm in the Early Hours.
Paeonia officinalis ‘Rubra Plena’.
Watercolour on paper
35 X 25 cm
2015

 

 

 

              Hale and Wind, Dark Afternoon, Light Reflected on Petal Edge.  Paeonia officinalis  ‘Rubra Plena’ Watercolour on paper 25 X 25 cm 2014

 

 

 

 


Hale and Wind, Dark Afternoon, Light Reflected on Petal Edge.
Paeonia officinalis ‘Rubra Plena’
Watercolour on paper
25 X 25 cm
2014

 

 

 
              First Light, Cold Earth, Petals Partly Closed, Waiting for Sunlight.  Paeonia officinalis  ‘Rubra Plena’ Watercolour on paper 35 X 35 cm 2013

 

 

 

 


First Light, Cold Earth, Petals Partly Closed, Waiting for Sunlight.
Paeonia officinalis ‘Rubra Plena’
Watercolour on paper
35 X 35 cm
2013