Inspired by flower forms, this painting took on a life of its own. As with so many of my works, this has been through numerous changes and developments. The canvas was quite a lot larger (90 x 90 cm) originally, but was knocked off the easel by a visiting cat – it received a 3-cornered tear towards one side that couldn’t easily be fixed, so I decided to remove the canvas from the stretcher and restretch it on a smaller frame. As it turns out, the cat did me a favour, the composition hadn’t been right so was improved by the change in size. Later the right-hand side was darkened and the centre made lighter and brighter. The final change, to improve the balance, was the addition of the flower shape on the right hand side. I think it is finished now ā€¦ maybe.

Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

Author: anna warren portfolio

I draw, I paint, I am a printmaker. Always searching for the interesting detail in the world around me.

23 thoughts

  1. Will Puss get a cut of the sale? Maybe a nice piece of tuna or something. Lovely piece and does remind me a lot of your miniature flower paintings. Very free-flowing, wild and vibrant. Ribbon-turned-iris. Ah ha – on second reading – I see it is the other way round – iris-turned-ribbon…(or at least ribbon inspired by flowers whereas I was reading flowers inspired by ribbon. I would say it is perfectly finished and doesn’t need another touch of the brush, no matter how small.


    1. Ha, rotten animal, no! Well, maybe, if I ever see it again! Yes, the origin of it is the same as the little paintings. It was nice to work on something big again, I was starting to feel constrained by hunching over little things. Thank you, I’m glad you think it is done – I was thinking of muting some of the strong contrasts, but once I saw the photo I felt more satisfied with it.


  2. Another beautiful work.
    “…knocked off the easel by a visiting cat.”
    Not something anyone would expect. It would make a great line to start a short story.


  3. … as much fluidity in your trailing ribbon as …. a cat’s elongated leap Anna šŸ˜€
    Loving those colours ….


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