Featured in The Digital Shop are the five illustrations. These were the result of a challenge I set myself to create a series of artwork , having never created a body of work before. Each illustration has its own starting point…its own story of creation.
I want to share the story of ‘Hanging Heliconia’ with you.
Many years ago during studying A Level Art, I guess I was around 18 maybe 19 years old… I painted (for myself) a watercolour of a hanging ‘Heliconia’ plant. This plant is affectionately nicked named the ‘Parrot Plant’.
I had troubled deciding on how to complete a particular part of the background, so left it unfinished as I didn’t want to ruin what I had achieved by tampering with it further.
Whilst on a trip to Barbados my family and I visited the Andromeda Botanical Gardens. I was struck with happiness as I turned a corner and saw hundreds of these Heliconia hanging gracefully in front of me. It was at that moment I realized that I had painted my parrot plant upside down…but I think its looks good any way you fling flang hang it. 🙂
At the time and still today I smile at the appropriate nick name for the plant which really does resemble the beak of a parrot, and I like parrots…very much. Aesthetically, parrots are so much fun to draw and always seem happy. Which I enjoy. My water colour painting boosted my confidence…just a little as I could see that my skills were improving.
Hanging Heliconia is up in the Digital Shop as a 8 x 10 ( 188mm x 238mm ) instant download printable. Take a looksy here!
The preparation behind opening an online shop was a slightly overwhelming but very exciting. Featured in the shop is a series of illustrations which are an ongoing development of artwork for a clothing collection I planed to unleash…but didn’t come into fruition. You can read more about the inspiration for the full series here!
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