"Dayflower", Commelina communis This plant kept my curiosity for the science aspect of this art well stoked. New truths were revealed as I explored and researched amazing flower parts both through the microscope and botanical texts, while the forms and colours of the jewel-like cells on the petals reflecting the many dimensions of the colour blue and those irregular shaped yellow anthers with splotches of reddish brown floating at the end of tenuous dark blue filaments, excited the artist in me. I was under its spell, compelled to interpret further with brush and paint – and as time went by with touches of gold.
The working page with its many observational drawings inspired a work based on concepts influenced by illuminated works from the 15th century and also by that of the old descriptive “botanicals”. The gorgeously rich combination of the blue petals and the intriguing orange-yellow anthers (some specifically shaped to accommodate pollen while others were purely for “show”) was complemented further with the addition of a double ruled gold border and gold ink figure numbers creating the link not only to the various flower parts throughout the work but also to the creative endeavours of those artists and illustrators from ages past who may have been similarly excited contemplating and finally creating works combining such gorgeous blue with gold or else making sense of fascinating plant structures.
Original Image area: 27.5x27.5 cm (11"x11")
Watercolor and color pencil on Fabriano Uno watercolor paper
Original is available for sale.
Giclee limited edition prints are printed on 100% cotton art paper with Epson Ultrachrome Inks
Each print has the gold lettering and border applied by hand by the artist, Margaret Saul.