Original acrylic painting of pink Penta flowers by Helen Evans
30x45x2cm, acrylic on ply panel, ready to hang or frame
This mini-series is part of my " Shelter" body of work which has been progressing since I finished CVP in June.
With each new set of paintings, I have been exploring abstraction, colour and texture, using the drawings made from life in my garden in the early part of 2022.
I have started to make small simple diagrams from the original drawings. These 5cm square, simple line works help me organise shape, composition, shape and negative space, before scaling up onto the painted panels.
This group of 3 panels is called Penta. When I was living in Bermuda I visited a Bermuda garden owned by Peter who was a piano teacher. It was a quiet, magical place in an area of the island called appropriately Fairylands. He had a collection of old Bermuda roses. Roses are tricky to grow on the island due to the high salt content in the air, so having a collection was extraordinary. Peter was extremely kind and allowed me to paint in this hidden and very special place. His devotion to his garden inspired me. He told me how he got started. His home had originally had a somewhat typical Bermuda garden. GRass and a clump of Bird of Paradise. A friend came to dinner with a bunch of Penta. He left them in the water and they grew roots. He stuck them in the ground and they grew. He was hooked, I also suspect he has very green fingers.
Since moving to Australia I have always tried to have a few Pentas in pots. They always remind me of Peter and his beautiful; garden at " In the Lee".