Painted in watercolour and ink on paper, and then lovingly mounted onto a wooden cradle board and waxed to a soft sheen, I felt this presentation captured the statuesque nature of the amaryllis. I don’t paint many flowers, but every season one tugs at my heart. Maybe a sunflower in the summer, and an amaryllis in the closing days of winter.
How all this beauty can explode out of a shrivelled brown bulb is beyond me. I am in awe of the energy with which they grow – you can virtually see it shoot skywards. I was so excited to see this one flower and laughed when a friend in Australia told me they just grow in her garden… It is still a wonderful sight as I come into my kitchen on a cold spring morning.
40x40cm amaryllis watercolour and ink on cradle board.