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 ...|
These flowers were almost completed so that it would be easier to choose the other flowers to complement and not compete with the showy bauhinia. I chose 'Good Samaritan' rose buds as their colour was a beautiful rich raspberry red and the buds were a lovely form and shape which didn't overwhelm as a full blown rose might have. I also chose some scarlet rose hips to bring in a little more bright red.
I included the Tulbaghia violacea - society garlic - as it showed an interesting flowerhead shape and being such small flowers did not overwhelm the composition, yet still brought in variety to help fill the page. This would also bring in some strappy long, lean and different green leaves to contrast with the butterfly-shaped bauhinia leaf.
|© Vicki Lee Johnston|
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 ...
All images © Vicki Lee Johnston