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Red Campion and Buttercups Wildflower Art - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful wildflowers - Red and Pink Campion flowers nestle with vibrant yellow buttercups for a colourful spectacle of summertime in the countryside... 'The Flowers at Fox Corner' artwork...

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The inspiration for this artwork was the beautiful Red and Pink Campions (Silene) that I see every day in the spring and summer on my dog walk. They explode out of the grassy verges along the field pathways - the deep magenta pink of the Red Campion, and the lighter blush of the Pink Campion...

 The deeper magenta pink of the Red Campion (looking out from Fox Corner)

The deeper magenta pink of the Red Campion (looking out from Fox Corner)

But my favourite place to see them is a shady nook that my husband and I call Fox Corner, where they blossom and bloom, bright twinkles of colour against the deep green, jostling for space with golden buttercups...

 Wildflowers at Fox Corner

Wildflowers at Fox Corner

We've never seen a fox at Fox Corner - but there used to be a sandy bank here, filled with tall, pink foxgloves, with an animal hole, that we always said used to belong to the foxes (because of their fox-gloves)...

It's a lovely, shady spot with a dark pool, set back from the footpath, with trees overhanging (where we've seen treecreepers and woodpeckers). There are still a few foxgloves further back, but what caught the eye and the imagination this year was the colourful combination of Pink and Red Campion and yellow buttercups against the green.

 Pink Campion flower (created naturally from White and Red Campion flowers)

Pink Campion flower (created naturally from White and Red Campion flowers)

 Gorgeous golden buttercups growing at Fox Corner

Gorgeous golden buttercups growing at Fox Corner

I knew that I wanted to create an artwork inspired by this colourful and natural wildflower corner, filled with life, so I set to work drawing...

 Adding detail to the Red Campion widlflower drawings

Adding detail to the Red Campion widlflower drawings

Behind the Scenes of the Wildflower Artwork

I draw out all the flowers and leaves separately, scan them into the computer then put them together to create the artwork digitally. Here's how it happens... you can click on the images below to see them larger and to get more details about the process...

 The completed wildflower artwork - Red Campions and Buttercups 'The Flowers at Fox Corner'

The completed wildflower artwork - Red Campions and Buttercups 'The Flowers at Fox Corner'

I love this busy, wild and crazy piece - an artwork filled with glorious, colourful wildflowers - brilliant colour against that deep shady green of peaceful Fox Corner - colours filling a quiet spot with energy, life and beauty...

 Colourful wildflowers detail from the artwork

Colourful wildflowers detail from the artwork

 'Flowers at Fox Corner' framed and unframed art prints available in my store

'Flowers at Fox Corner' framed and unframed art prints available in my store

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You can see my 'Flowers at Fox Corner' artwork in my online art store with international delivery available for framed and unframed fine art giclee prints.

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Beautiful pink and yellow Red Campion and Buttercups artwork ‘The Flowers at Fox Corner’…

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This is part of my Joyful Blooming floral art collection. You can see that and my other floral artwork pieces in my floral art gallery here...

Spring Flowers Art - Behind the Scenes

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Beautiful 'Spring Flowers' art - a breath of colour and joy to greet you and cheer your heart after the grey of winter!

 Spring Flowers art by Lotti Brown

Spring Flowers art by Lotti Brown

I created these beautiful spring blooms as part of my Joyful Blooming collection to celebrate the happiness and energy that surges into the heart when the sun comes out and the first flowers of spring arrive in a flurry of colour...

 I love these old-fashioned, two-colour primulas

I love these old-fashioned, two-colour primulas

In this artwork, it was rather more a matter of which beautiful spring flowers to leave out - there are so many spring blooms that I just adore for their splash of fresh colour...

 Beautiful blue grape hyacinth flowers

Beautiful blue grape hyacinth flowers

 Pretty pale spring primroses in my garden

Pretty pale spring primroses in my garden

Here are some personal favourite spring flowers that I thought would look good together, both in colour and shape - and also being inspired by those 17th and 18th century still-life floral paintings that always look so elegant and beautiful.

 Detail from Spring Flowers artwork

Detail from Spring Flowers artwork

I love daffodils - and I chose to draw these lovely white and orange narcissus, as they just have a more dainty poise about them to fit with the other flowers than the heavy trumpets of our traditional yellow daffodil (which does always trumpet the start of spring to me).

 Beautiful spring narcissus

Beautiful spring narcissus

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

Take a look behind the scenes of this colourful floral artwork.

I drew all the flowers out separately from photos - scanned the drawings into the computer and then started to put them all together in one artwork using Adobe Illustrator, tweaking the colours as I went...

Here's what happened...

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 The completed 'Spring Flowers' artwork

The completed 'Spring Flowers' artwork

I love the brilliant colours in this piece, and the feeling of overflowing - an abundance of joy and energy - the simple happiness at being alive and being in the world...

 My joyful Spring Flowers artwork is available as framed and unframed prints in my store

My joyful Spring Flowers artwork is available as framed and unframed prints in my store

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Happy and colourful ‘Spring Flowers’ artwork from my Joyful Blooming art series.

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Forget-me-Not Ferns Art - Behind the Scenes

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Colourful and inspiring springtime fern artwork 'Forget-me-not Ferns - Becoming Joy' ideal for anyone who awaits the coming of spring and the start of the fresh new year of potential each year...

 Forget-me-Not Ferns - Becoming Joy - colourful nature art by Lotti Brown

Forget-me-Not Ferns - Becoming Joy - colourful nature art by Lotti Brown

I was inspired to create this vibrant nature-inspired artwork by my favourite time of year... spring. I love to see the ferns unfurling - they feel like summertime poised to explode with joy, energy and excitement...

 Ferns unfurling in my garden

Ferns unfurling in my garden

I first spotted unfurling ferns this year when I was on holiday in Shropshire - starting to fill out hedgerows and verges and decorated with brilliant blue forget-me-nots... an awesome combination that I decided to bring home with me in my memory to create that feeling of joy unfurling at the sight of summer beginning...

 Forget-me-not flowers growing wild in hedgerows and verges

Forget-me-not flowers growing wild in hedgerows and verges

When I returned home from my week away, the ferns and forget-me-nots were just appearing at home, so I was able to get inspired all over again and get drawing to create my artwork...

Behind the Scenes of the Artwork

I drew out my ferns and flowers separately and combined them with my own hand-drawn lettering, paint marks and ink painting to create the artwork...

The lettering is something new for me to use in an artwork, but I just felt like this would be a fun place to play with it, and see what happened...

You can take a look at the artwork creation process below - please click on the images to see them larger and get the full description for each image...

 The completed colourful nature artwork ' Forget-me-not Ferns - Becoming Joy'

The completed colourful nature artwork ' Forget-me-not Ferns - Becoming Joy'

I really love the fresh spring colours in this piece and I just adore the lively and elegant curves of the unfurling ferns - like the ferns are dancing for joy that spring has finally arrived.

I love the touch of blue with the flowers and background and the idea that we're poised between winter and spring/summer - blue skies and spring rain.

The intricate linework in the background is actually one of my favourite parts of this artwork - and I really like how the lettering and idea of fresh beginnings and becoming joy, embodied by the ferns themselves unfurling, fits so well into my 'Joyful Blooming' theme of opening out into my most confident and joyful self...

 Becoming Joy - detail from the artwork

Becoming Joy - detail from the artwork

 Framed and unframed 'Becoming Joy' Forget-me-not and Fern prints available in my store

Framed and unframed 'Becoming Joy' Forget-me-not and Fern prints available in my store

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Hollyhocks Art - Behind the Scenes

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Bold and colourful floral art - 'Hollyhocks' art print - bringing you colour and joy as part of my 'Joyful Blooming' theme...

 'Hollyhocks' art print - vibrant floral art by Lotti Brown

'Hollyhocks' art print - vibrant floral art by Lotti Brown

With this artwork, I wanted to create the lift of happiness you feel when you see vibrant, beautiful flowers in the sunshine, against a brilliant blue sky...

The artwork was inspired by a couple of photos I took of beautiful pink hollyhocks in a garden - I loved these so much that I'd had one of the photos as a screen-saver on my phone for years...

 Hollyhocks photo

Hollyhocks photo

 Summer skies and Joyful Blooming

Summer skies and Joyful Blooming

So when I started my Joyful Blooming floral art theme, I knew just what I wanted to start the series with...

 Showing detail from the Hollyhocks artwork

Showing detail from the Hollyhocks artwork

Behind the Scenes of 'Hollyhocks'

I create my art from my pen-and-ink drawings. Take a look behind the scenes with me...

 Final Hollyhocks artwork - colourful and joyful nature!

Final Hollyhocks artwork - colourful and joyful nature!

I love the really bright, vibrant colours in this artwork - and the joyful, carefree attitude of the flowers - open, blooming confidently, proud and jostling for space with each other, ready to show off their beauty.

That's something I'm trying to explore for myself with this series of Joyful Blooming artwork - being proud and confident to step forward as myself and show myself boldly...

But also because they're flowers, and they're beautiful, and to see them opens my heart and makes my soul sing...

So maybe you can relate to that too?

 Framed and unframed 'Hollyhocks' art prints are available in my online art store

Framed and unframed 'Hollyhocks' art prints are available in my online art store

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Vibrant Hollyhocks artwork from my Joyful Blooming art series.

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Summer Roses Art - Behind the Scenes

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Gorgeous, colourful Summer Roses art - beautiful blooms to delight the eyes and fill your heart with joy...

 'Summer Roses' colourful rose art print by Lotti Brown

'Summer Roses' colourful rose art print by Lotti Brown

As part of my Joyful Blooming floral art collection, I wanted to create a traditional floral rose artwork... but in my own style...

I love roses - the delicate petals, the velvety touch, and the delicious fragrance and when we moved into our country cottage, over a decade ago, I chose some beautiful, proper old-fashioned English roses for our garden. So, of course, I wanted to draw our own roses for my rose-inspired artwork...

I wanted to capture something about their elegance, their delight, their sweetness, freshness and openness that makes them the very essence of Joyful Blooming - I hope that I've achieved some of that...!

 Detail from my pink and yellow roses artwork

Detail from my pink and yellow roses artwork

Summer Roses Art - Behind the Scenes

Here's how I made my artwork digitally from my original rose drawings...

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 My completed rose artwork in all its glorious colour!

My completed rose artwork in all its glorious colour!

I'm so pleased with my roses artwork - as my favourite garden flower I so wanted to create an artwork that could show some of the delicate magnificence of this beautiful and nostalgic flower - if you're a rose lover, I hope that you love this roses artwork too...!

 'Summer Roses' framed and unframed fine art prints are available in my store

'Summer Roses' framed and unframed fine art prints are available in my store

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 Colourful 'Summer Roses' framed art print

Colourful 'Summer Roses' framed art print

Joyful Blooming - New Art Collection

artworks, behind the scenes, inspiration, joyful blooming, nature, new collections, personal musings, well beingCharlotte BrownComment

I love looking at and drawing flowers - the delicacy, the colours, their beauty and their energy to bloom and shine.

 Drawing flowers

Drawing flowers

But, for me, my Joyful Blooming collection also has a much more personal resonance...

 Joyful Blooming art collection - floral art

Joyful Blooming art collection - floral art

It's about when we come into our own, having the confidence to bloom in our own true colours and with all our energy - for ourselves and for others - being the best we can be, even if we're perhaps not as tall as some others, as bright, as strong, or as beautiful...

And trusting that we can share something of what makes us uniquely beautiful in our own way, so that this might inspire joy to others and even to ourselves.

 Hollyhocks art print by Lotti Brown

Hollyhocks art print by Lotti Brown

It's taken me so long to feel able to start to grow as myself and to bloom.

I've also had to learn to prioritise my own self care so that I can use my precious energies for my blooming…

Making self care important isn't about standing alone but in finding those places where you can flourish and bloom together, like a beautiful garden.

 Beautiful flowers, all different, enrich our lives

Beautiful flowers, all different, enrich our lives

It's a personal journey for us all, but everyone benefits when we each bloom in our own special way. 

Creating this collection has actually required far more deep soul searching than I would ever have imagined)... and I thought it was just going to be all about pretty flowers!!

 Flower art 'Joyful Blooming' collection by Lotti Brown

Flower art 'Joyful Blooming' collection by Lotti Brown

Ultimately, I've learned that the blooming requires a quiet time, a fallow time, a growing, a nurturing, maturing, recovery and recuperation, and an acceptance of the quiet of not-blooming, just as much as the confidence to 'just bloom'.

 Wisterian art by Lotti Brown

Wisterian art by Lotti Brown

Flowers seem all the more precious to me now, and I see in them a reflection of our human nature and our potential to shine, bloom, and share love and joy...

You can see more of my Joyful Blooming collection in my store here...

New Art in Store

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Just to announce that I've new art in store today...

 Joyful Blooming floral art collection by Lotti Brown

Joyful Blooming floral art collection by Lotti Brown

My 'Joyful Blooming' flower art collection is vibrant, beautiful and filled with all your favourite florals to inspire you with joy...

 Colourful flower art 'Joyful Blooming' art collection by Lotti Brown

Colourful flower art 'Joyful Blooming' art collection by Lotti Brown