The inspiration behind the choices made for this assignment came from my garden - in its prime right now at the heart of spring. One of my favourite trees is our Bauhinia variegata - known here as the butterfly tree, or orchid tree. You can see the picture of our tree here complete with the ladder still in place from my attempts at cutting the best stems to show the detail and structure of the flowers and leaves. The flowers are incredibly striking with showy stamens and the most beautiful strong colours.
|Colour studies to match|
The leaves are so complex - very prominent vein system and beautiful butterfly shapes .. hence the common name of butterfly tree.
|First of the front facing flowers ...|
There's still a lot more to show on this one with a few more elements so once I have all the photos together I'll post the completed artwork ... it's a tough one as you have to choose the flowers as you go - much like gathering a bouquet from the garden. More work still to come ...