Bluebells at Enys

At Enys Gardens in Penryn, Cornwall, the meadow turns blue each May with a sea of bluebells. Undisturbed for centuries, Parc Lye has wildflowers in abundance, and astonishing swathes of bluebells appear every spring.

       It took some experimenting to get the sense of texture and mass the swathes of flowers have in life: standing there in person it looks like you can brush your hand over the carpet of bluebells. The way they run into the spring grass took some subtle rendering, and I ended up building the individual clumps of flowers one dot at a time, then knocking them back with coloured glazes.

       I paint so many paintings in bright sunlight, but with bluebells the colour is at its most saturated blue-purple just after rain, in calm sunlight; it was a nice change to calm down the contrast and work with a very different palette of colours.



      Acrylic on Board
      Hand-finished Frame
      6 x 5cm