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TWINNING GUINEA FLOWER
(
Hibbertia scandens.)
The artwork inspired by this hardy little
Australian native (also called Snake Vine) that
lives as a “fringe dweller” of  rainforests and
moist woodlands has been a work in progress
since 1981 when I made a watercolour sketch of
this particular plant in Lamington National Park
(S.E. Queensland).  Little adjustment was made
to the action of this particular plant with its
intertwining sinuous, reddish stems suggesting
a Celtic knot decorated with delicate yellow
flowers, and carefully balanced by its
surrounding arrangement of slightly hairy
leaves.  All this is possibly what beckoned me in
the first instance (over 20 years ago) to sit
down and draw it at the margins of the  
rainforest. My first finished composition was
originally created in fine ink line as one in a
series of “hand-coloured lithographs” but then
interested in taking it further I completed this
traditional watercolour portrait in May 2003 –
finally bringing closure to this enduring
encounter.

Image area: 27.5x27.5 cm (11"x11")
Watercolor and color pencil on Fabriano Uno
watercolor paper.

This painting is
in the artist's collection
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