This past few days I’ve been setting aside some time to take a closer look at some of our wonderful Australian Native flowers and foliage…
Taking a closer view always surprises me, especially with our Native flowers and foliage – they are so intriguing.
I got so excited about seeing the different shapes and textures, that I don’t even know what the lovely purple head is named. I must find out. There are only 3 stems in this bunch including the purple heads. The others are Blue Gum and Banksia (not their botanical or official names).
Here’s what I found in my first study.. hover on the images for descriptions.. and click for larger views.
Seeing the curious shapes and textures reminded me of the fantastic and sometimes unusual work of Artist Margaret Preston.
The painting below is one of my favourite artworks by Margaret.
Margaret Rose Preston (29 April 1875 – 28 May 1963) was an Australian painter and print maker who is regarded as one of Australia’s leading modernists of the early 20th century.
‘Western Australian gum blossom’ is one of a group of paintings by Margaret Preston from the late 1920s, remarkable for their simplicity of design and restrained use of colour.
source: Art Gallery of NSW
I chose to de-saturate the colours in this study. It seemed to let the subject shine through with their unusual viewpoints, instead of being overwhelmed by the richness and sweetness of colour.
I hope to take another look at these fantastic subjects very soon.
Reminder: The last One Four Challenge for 2016 begins on the 7th November – I hope you’ll join me 😀