Fading Blooms #7
Oil on Board
54 x 35 cms, 21 x 14 inches
This is the third painting in this series that is inspired by the twisting petals of Michaelmas Daisies as they die. As an artist, I become obsessed by my subject, and will photograph it, draw it and paint it over and over again for many months and even years. I frequently revisit favourite subjects and paint them in a new and different way.
When Michaelmas daisies die, the petals create fantastic curling forms, which I have been fascinated by for years. In this oil painting I have combined decaying butterfly wings amongst the curling petals. I have done this because Michaelmas Daisies tend to flower at the end of the summer and early autumn when the butterflies also die or hibernate. This is a celebration of the end of summer with the flowers and insects laying the foundations for new life for the following year.