Red Campion and Buttercups Wildflower Art - Behind the Scenes

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 and canvases.

It’s also available printed onto cushions, bags, tops, books, mugs, and more here…

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...

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Autumn Flowers Artwork - Behind the Scenes

I'm taking a behind-the-scenes look at my Autumn Flowers - You Can Get By (With a Little Help From Your Friends) artwork...

Autumn Flowers, by Lotti Brown

The story behind the artwork is in the title - You Can Get By with a Little Help From Your Friends. It's all about how nature can get by more easily with a bit of a helping hand from us, her friend, especially in planting flowers to help nature in our gardens.

The flowers I chose to include in my Autumn Flowers artwork are all significant, as well as beautiful. They are all flowers which are particularly attractive to bees. And we so need to look after our bees and pollinators to help the natural world go round.

Pollinating flowers and plants allows them to fruit and set seed, and return again in the future. It helps provide other animals, birds, insects, and even us humans, with fruit and food to eat.

Bees perform a vital role in nature, and are under threat. Anything we can do to help them out is surely a good thing. And when you can have flowers as lovely as this in your garden, well, why wouldn't you?

Autumn is a great time to add more flowers into your garden. It helps extend the pollen season for bees and other insects, when there are fewer flowers about, generally. And also helps to brighten your garden up through the fading months.

Bees love:

Nasturtiums

Nasturtiums - the leaves are also very tasty for caterpillars (which gives us more butterflies)

Black-eyed Susan

Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan)

Mint

Mint flowers seem almost irresistible to bees

Ling heather

I've often seen bees buzzing around heather flowers.

I draw out each of the flowers individually, and, once the drawings are all scanned in, I use the computer to put them all together into my autumn flower garden...

I work on positioning and composition first...

Work in progress, using the computer to create an artwork from individual drawings

As you can see, at first the colours appear quite washed out, as scanned in...

So once I'm happy with the composition, I turn my attention to tweaking and brightening the colours...

Work in progress - brighter colours look better

Sometimes I will decide the piece can become more interesting if I change about some of the colours...

Artwork on screen in Adobe Illustrator programme

I might also decide to add a more dramatic colour palette to work with, and choose a striking background colour to set the flowers off, so they stand out really well...

Detail from Autumn Flowers artwork

I love that this piece is full of those gorgeous, rich autumn colours, full of warmth for the colder months - and I love that it's so full of different colours, like a rainbow-filled flower garden.

It still makes me happy every time I look at it, and I hope it can do the same for you, too!

Final artwork - Autumn Flowers - You Can Get By

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Foxgloves Floral Art Print - Behind the Scenes

I'd love to take you on a behind-the-scenes tour of my 'Fun with Foxgloves' floral art print - this is actually my husband's favourite of all my artworks, and we have a print hanging in the kitchen.

This artwork is about those cool, shady moments in the heat of summer - refreshing woodland glades that are like a little oasis of cool on the hottest summer day...

'Fun with Foxgloves' art print

I was inspired by seeing a collection of beautiful bright pink foxgloves, in a wooded area filled with a dappled sunlight - little insects were buzzing about and catching the light, like tiny twinkles of dust...

It was a peaceful place - but at the same time buzzing with life - and those foxgloves stood out so beautifully against the green of the long grasses, ferns and trees...

Vibrant pink of foxgloves in nature

So I wanted to try and capture that moment of stepping out of the sunlight, into the cool forest glade... and how, out the darkness, the hot pink of the foxglove catches your eye... like a hidden treasure that you just have to step off the beaten track to find. Beautiful!

Of course, I couldn't go around picking wild foxgloves, so I bought a garden foxglove to draw...

(Click below to see the images large-size)

I drew it several times, from every angle, and at every stage of growth and flowering...

Drawing foxgloves...

Next, to scan it into the computer...

Foxgloves scanned into the computer, ready to create with...

Creating the basic layout - in the end I only used three of the foxgloves for the main part of the artwork...

Creating the layout

Adding a bold background...

Adding a bold purple textural background

And adding another layer of background detail... (created from some of my other foxglove drawings)

Background detail added

Trying out some alternative background colours....

Pale peachy background...

Pale blue-green background

In the end I decided to completely change the colours, so that I got the feel of those beautiful pink foxgloves in a wooded glade that had originally caught my attention...

Of course, the beauty of working digitally from original drawings is that I'm not tied into the original colour scheme - so I could certainly go pink if I wanted to...

Foxgloves looking pretty in pink!

Finally happy with the colour, I added in more background layering, with some silhouettes, to give more of the feel of the forest background. 

With the background layers added in, and colours changed, the artwork is complete

'Fun with Foxgloves' artwork

Detail of foxglove detail, from 'Fun with Foxgloves'

Detail of foxglove detail, from 'Fun with Foxgloves'

I hope that my foxgloves artwork gives you that little moment of peace and tranquillity - that oasis of cool on a hot summer's day to relax and enjoy...

Feel refreshed!

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'Fun with Foxgloves' is available as a giclee art print or canvas in my online print store

It’s also available as printed products such as cushions, bags, tops, notebooks and more here…

See more floral art in my floral art collection here...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Remembering - Poppies Floral Art Print

I'm taking a behind-the-scenes look at one of my favourite floral art prints, 'Remembering' which combines beautiful poppies and forget-me-not flowers, in a cottage-garden scene with a theme of remembering.

'Remembering' Poppies floral art print, by Lotti Brown

This artwork was actually inspired by my own cottage garden, which in late-Spring and early-Summer is filled with self-seeded poppies and forget-me-nots.

I love the wild, but tranquil, feel - and I love the way that these two flowers, which both have a meaning of remembering have grown together, intertwining...

The flowers make me think of fond memories of family members who loved their gardens so much, and I hope that they would have loved these flowers, too.

Drawing poppies and forget-me-nots gathered from my own cottage garden

I started the artwork with my drawings of the individual flowers. As they were flowers from my own garden, and in plentiful supply, I was able to bring them inside to draw.

Once I'd got them drawn out in pen and ink, I was able to scan them into the computer...

Drawings scanned in, and separated from the paper background, ready as motifs for the design

And start tweaking colours, making them brighter, bolder, and creating more depth and interest.

I like the background in pale blue (see below) - when you look at the real garden, it looks like a sea of soft blue from the tiny forget-me-nots, with bright pops of colour from the poppies, so I wanted my artwork to reflect this too...

A little more tweaking to background colours, and the flowers themselves

There's lots of intricate detail and delicate linework in this design, which I love - it looks great printed up large...

Detail of the finished artwork 'Remembering'

I think the lovely soft blues help with the gentle feel of this artwork - and the feeling of remembering - slightly muted from the distance of time, but with those big pops of cheery colour - happy memories that blaze out.

I wonder what memories it can conjure up for you..?

'Remembering' by Lotti Brown

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Floral Meadows Art Prints - Part 2 'Morning Walk'

I'm taking a behind the scenes look at a pair of artworks I created , inspired by the beautiful summer meadows filled with grasses and flowers near my home.

Last year walking through these natural masterpieces, each morning with my dog, I was so struck by how pretty they were, how uplifting, and how brim-packed full of life and energy the fields, verges and hedgerows were - that I wanted to create some artworks, to bring this energy and joy back into my home - and to share it with you...

I took a closer look at Dandelion Dawn in the last blog post, so this week I'll be turning my attentions to the beautiful 'Morning Walk' artwork.

I created these about the same time, and had the same ideas and thoughts in my mind - wanting to create a wild flower meadow to capture that fresh uplifting feeling of a morning walk in the summer fields...

Detail of my Morning Walk artwork

Morning Walk is created from drawings of pretty purple scabious flowers, that used to be quite common wildflowers in the countryside, but that I now have growing in my garden.

As I have easy access to them, I was able to make lots of drawings...

Pretty purple scabious flowers, drawings

Buds and seedheads make interesting shapes to go with the attractive flowers

I scan all my drawings in, and pull them across into Adobe Illustrator to vectorise them, so that I can easily make them larger or smaller, and change the colours, so that I can allow my artwork to develop just how I want...

Scabious wildflowers, creating a pattern for the meadow layout

First I work a little on creating the meadow layout, with the flowers packed full, so that we can feel it overflowing with energy and life...

Then I start experimenting with the colours... making them a little bolder...

Might make a nice pattern

This would make quite a nice pattern I think, but for the wildflower meadow feel, we really need to go multi-coloured, so we can feel the sense of movement, energy and joy...

It takes quite a long time to adjust colours on all the individual flowers and leaves ...

It can be quite frustrating getting it right, but the satisfaction when you succeed in creating the look you want is wonderful :)

I wanted to use blues and greens in this artwork, as they signify the fresh, cool feeling you get in the early morning in summer, before the day heats up - a nice refreshing way to start the day.

The blues and greens are blended with lots of purples and pinks, as I really wanted to keep a sense of the purples in the original flowers, and from my original drawings. 

The splash of citrine gives it a bit of 'oomph' - some wonderful energy and joy to get going.

Morning Walk, seen on the screen

When you look closely at the final artwork, you will see how the background shifts shade subtly so that soft, rich purples, blues and greens blend one into the other...

This is a technique I love to use in my artworks and designs. It is created by hand painting onto fabric with inks, then using this scanned fabric painting as the background for my art piece, with colours adjusted digitally.

Have a look, and see which of my artworks you can spot this technique in.

So, anyway, here is the finished 'Morning Walk' artwork... I hope it makes you feel like you're enjoying a early morning walk in a beautiful meadow of flowers...

 Buy It

Available as framed and unframed giclee art prints and canvases from my online art store here...

You can also get this design printed onto cushions, bags, tops, scarves, notebooks, mugs and more here…

See more floral art in my flower art gallery...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.

Floral Meadows Art Prints - Part 1 'Dandelion Dawn'

Taking a Behind the Scenes Look...

The countryside is starting to come to life these last couple of weeks - greening over the seas of mud, and with just a few little flowers peeping through...

It's wonderful to think that those dark, damp winter days are pretty-much behind us now, and we can look forward to lush greenery, wildflowers and listening to the birds singing...

One of my favourite fields to walk through has been 'out of action' over the last few months - the stile is sat with its feet under water! But I can't wait to see it in a few weeks when it has all dried up and filled with beautiful grasses and flowers...

This field, together with many of the adjoining hedgerows and verges, was the inspiration for two of my artworks, which I created to bring a summer-time floral meadow to mind...

I'll be concentrating on Dandelion Dawn in this post, and next week will be taking a closer look at Morning Walk.

One of the joys of living out in the countryside is those early morning dog walks through these fields...

They feel truly alive, with tiny floral jewels of colour amongst the grasses, soft movement as the breeze catches the taller stalks, and shakes the flowers below... and of course the tuneful buzzing of dozens of bees and other insects.

What a wonderful way to start the day! And a feeling I want to bring to you too, with my artworks...

Detail of my artwork 'Dandelion Dawn'

To create my piece Dandelion Dawn I concentrated on those colourful and confident wild flowers that many like to think of as 'weeds'... dandelions...

For several weeks every year they turn the countryside into a blaze of joyful colour - I always think they are trying to fight back from their undeserved 'weed' status, and take over the world to spread some spring-time happiness. I love them!

So, of course, I drew them....

Dandelion drawings for my artwork Dandelion Dawn

Flowers and leaves...

Dandelion leaves - I love the curvy shapes in the leaves

I also decided to draw some buttercups, and some daisies from my garden - all very pretty and colourful wild flowers, but sometimes thought of as weeds, simply because they're so successful...

Beautiful buttercups and daisies

I create my final artworks in Adobe Illustrator on the computer, so I got all my drawings scanned in, and vectorised, and started playing about with arranging them together on the screen.

Working on my dandelion artwork, on the computer

I wanted to convey the beautiful bold colours that seemed to jostle about in the field of wild flowers, so I got really playful and confident with the colours in my artwork...

Trying out some bolder colours

At this stage I normally just 'play' and try things, until I find something that makes my heart beat a little faster....

I wanted to really celebrate this lovely, rich, vibrant green colour - it makes me think of how very green the countryside is in late Spring/early Summer, and how this feels so fresh, new and energising, each year.

Once I'd got some colours I was basically happy with, it's time to play about a bit more with the layout...

Creating the idea of a floral meadow with the layout

This is where I could really create the idea of a wildflower meadow, with flowers amongst the grasses, spreading as far as they eye could see.

Building up the layers of flowers and leaves

This is quite a time consuming process, positioning each individual flower carefully, and moving them between layers so that they overlap only where they should, and the pretty flower bits aren't completely obscured by the stalk of the one on top!

I feel like I'm planting a garden as I arrange the flowers

I normally work on the background last...

The background adds a sense of depth to the artwork...

Finally, after many tweaks of position, and colour, it all comes together...

Dandelion Dawn, seen on the screen

As lovely as it looks on the screen, I always feel it only really comes to life when it's printed out and ready to put on the wall...

Dandelion Dawn, by Lotti Brown

Buy It

Available as framed and unframed prints and canvases at my online art store

You can also get this design on cushions, bags, duvet covers, mugs and more here…

Next week I'll be taking a closer look at the companion piece to this artwork - Morning Walk - which is also inspired by the pretty wildflower meadows close to my home. (EDIT: You can now read this here...)

If you'd like to see more of my floral art, please, visit my flower art gallery, here...

All intellectual property rights in my designs and products (and in the images, text and design of this website) are and will remain the property of Charlotte Brown. Any infringement of these rights will be pursued seriously.