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Witch Hazel (Hamamelis) in flower, 2015

On a cold winter morning I was working in a Japanese garden in Surrey where I came upon a group of witch hazels. The winter sunlight was hitting the candy like petals and their hint of scent was on the air. It lifted my day and was the inspiration for this picture. I hope the picture is able to lift others and to inspire people to get outdoors even in winter.  Witch Hazel in Flower, 2015, oil on canvas, 126x 89cm part of my Flourishing Gardens series.

Witch Hazel in Flower (Hamamelis), 2015

Witch Hazel in Flower (Hamamelis), 2015

Witch Hazel in Flower (detail), 2015

Witch Hazel in Flower (detail), 2015

Magnolia in flower, complete. Finally!

Magnolia in flower, 2014

I began this picture last summer in the garden and posted its progress in 2014.  I am now ready to show the world.

Magnolia (seiboldii) in flower, 2014, oil on canvas, 126 x 89 cm.

 

 

Exhibiting at gallery Prince and Pilgrim in Kew, London

I am delighted to be exhibiting at Prince and Pilgrim gallery with Marilyn Browning and Chloe Fremantle.   My “Flourishing Gardens” paintings complement the location perfectly with Kew Gardens on the door step!

Prince and Pilgrim, 8 Station Approach, Kew, TW9 3QB

 http://www.princeandpilgrim.com

Prince and Pilgrim gallery in Kew, London

Prince and Pilgrim gallery in Kew, London

Flourishing Garden paintings at Prince and Pilgrim, Kew

Flourishing Garden paintings at Prince and Pilgrim, Kew

Bee heaven – foxgloves

The foxgloves appeared in the woodland glade behind our house during the summer.  It was a metropolis of flowers with their towering blooms.  Bee heaven!

I spent a day drawing at the glade, unraveling the scene in front of me.  How can this experience be translated into an oil painting?

These drawings give a brief insight into what I wanted to achieve: the vertical nature of the stem and bloom, the horizontal leaves, the repetitive motif blurring into the distance.

The final picture can be seen in the Flourishing Gardens website page.

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Kensington & Fulham Open Studios 2014

I am looking forward to exhibiting alongside two other local artists Tania Beaumont and Louise Richards.

We shall be at Tania Beaumont’s home and studio.

15 Rugby Mansions, Bishops Kings Road, West Kensington, W14 8XD (stairs, no lift).

Fri 17 (6-9pm) – Sat 18 & Sun 19 October (11-6pm)

I shall be sharing my new Flourishing Garden paintings.  I shall also be showing drawings and painting studies that will give an insight into my process of making these pictures.  Hopefully my oil painting of foxgloves, work in progress below, will be finished to hang also…………..

Digitalis in progress

 

Other artists taking part in the open studios can be seen  www.kfopenstudios.co.uk

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.