I went out sketching last year with friends at Coombe Abbey - it was mostly too manicured and neat to really interest me, though the landscape and walled gardens are lovely. I tend to like wilder places.
They had these amazing cardoons and artichokes in flower - if only I had a big sunny garden I'd grow them, they were absolutely huge - way bigger than fist sized and this beautiful stunning sky blue. The dried seedheads are gorgeous as well.
I did some drawings from them in coloured pencil but hadn't done any work from them until now.
I've got to work later to cover for a sick colleague so didn't feel like getting on a roll with the oil paintings, only to have to stop and clean up just when I want to keep on, so I decided to see what images I'd got to play with on the computer - it's clean!
These are what I've done so far and I can see them leading on to watercolours and canvasses, I like the shapes and the suggestion of the textures and colour of the artichokes, without being a picture of them.
The complementary glow of the terractottas and blues with the subtle beiges and browns will be fun to work with.
I don't know when I'll get around to doing them because I must finish the seascapes first but the ideas are there for when I can get round to them :)
Now off to work :(