Camellia in Flower, oil on canvas, complete

Camellia 2014

Camellia in Flower, oil on canvas 126 x 89 cm, Leigh Glover 2014

The spring flowering camellia had a fantastic show this year in our garden in Sussex.  It is part of my ongoing Flourishing Gardens series.  In the photos below I share how I create oil paintings like this.

I begin by observing and drawing the camellia.

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I then explore the colour possibilities by mixing oils to find the best representation I can of the natural flower amidst the foliage.  I then plan the composition but make sure it is not too rigid as I need to leave a little room for inspiration and creativity whilst painting the picture.

The finished oil painting is for sale (please contact leighglover@me.com) and can be seen on the  Flourishing Gardens  page.

It can be bought as a digital print or the image licensed for commercial reproduction through the Bridgeman Art Library.