Sparking that artistic flame – drawing inspiration from the flower garden

"Aquilegia" by Jennifer Lucey

The flowers that we grow in our gardens and love for their natural beauty have been an inspiration for artists for hundreds of years and across many cultures.

For some the challenge has been to create detailed botanical drawings and paintings whilst others like Andy Warhol and Georgia O’Keeffe have focused on the abstract.  Impressionists such as  Monet and Manet sought to capture the feeling and experience of flowers and gardens in their paintings rather than the detail.

The drawing of flowers has not purely been an artistic pursuit.  Pictures by Judith Leyster in the sixteen hundreds were painted to promote, through catalogues, the highly prized and enormously expensive varieties of tulips and were also thought to provide a cheaper substitute for those who could not afford the real thing.

Up to the beginning of the 20th century the portrayal of flowers in pictures has often carried deep symbolic meaning.  This symbolism dates back to a period when ordinary folk were not able to read or write.  This is a fascinating study in its own right and a simple search on the symbolism of plants in Google will start you on a fascinating journey.

Despite this wealth of artist material and heritage there is just a simple pleasure in drawing the beautiful flowers that grow in our gardens and in the countryside.  Drawing and painting these flowers makes you look so much more deeply at the exquisite form, detail and colours in the individual flowers.

Following along in this great tradition we have included here three pen and watercolour paintings designed and drawn by our daughter, Jenny Lucey.  They depict three typical English country garden flowers that we grow and use in our arrangements here at Honey Pot Flowers ; foxgloves, aquilegia and rudbeckia.

As well as enjoying the original pictures in their own right they now underpin the branding for the business and are incorporated into all our business cards, printed bouquet messages cards and other stationary – the honey bee in each is not an accident!  Most importantly for a flower farmer growing seasonal flowers, these designs also enable us to explore the possibility of new markets.  The vast array of new printing services allow us to produce fabrics, aprons and greetings cards to order and generate a range of new income streams.

"Rudbeckia" by Jennifer Lucey
“Rudbeckia” by Jennifer Lucey. Copyright 2015

About the artist:

Dr Jennifer Lucey is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Oxford specialising in biodiversity, ecology and sustainability issues within the oil palm industry.  She has worked for a number of years across Borneo and Indonesia and has developed a portfolio of artwork and fabric designs based on her love of the natural world.   She is happy to undertake commissions for specific projects and can be contacted by email at: Jenniferlucey@hotmail.co.uk

"Foxglove" by Jennifer Lucey
“Foxglove” by Jennifer Lucey. Copyright 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

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