I’m delighted to feature the wonderful paintings and limited edition prints by artist Kirsten Jones.
The first time I encountered Kirsten’s work was when I saw some of her prints on display in a local coffee shop. I immediately fell in love with the first print in today’s post, called French Flower Garden. It’s so cheery and uplifting!
Berkshire-based Kirsten is inspired by collections of treasured objects and their remembered or imagined histories.
She gathers fragments and motifs in her sketchbooks, such as vintage envelopes, stamps, maps and ticket stubs which reappear as collaged elements within later paintings. The end result is a unique collage painting with memories represented in each piece, that you may not in fact notice at a first glance.
Once the collage stage is complete, Kirsten paints over the richly layered surface using gesso, inks and washes of acrylic paint.
It’s very interesting to hear about the creative process behind Kirsten’s paintings and here are two examples.
The first print in today’s post, French Flower Garden:
The initial idea for this piece came from a gallery in Cornwall, where I bought a beautiful sculpture of tall elegant imaginary flowers made from fabrics and wire.
On the last day of a subsequent visit to Paris, friends bought me a huge bunch of flowers called ‘Ranunculus’, and the colours and shapes reminded me of the sculpture; so fabulous and varied, each flower wildly different from the last.
On returning to my studio I painted French Flower Garden, the first of my flower garden paintings.
The result was fantastical, exotic and rather reminiscent of Indian miniatures. I added a collection of tiny birds, nesting and hiding on the stems and the branches, making the flowers seem all the more bizarre and strange.
The second print featured in today’s post is called Cornish Flower Garden and this is the story behind it:
The beautiful blue flowers found in the South West of England were the starting point for this painting. The colour blue is dominant and reminiscent of the blue stripey pottery which originated here.
Agapanthus, clover, blue grass, Pagoda flowers and water pimpernel plus garlic buds and of course forget-me-not are some of the flowers used.
In the background, there’s an old map of Cornwall, plus text from an old edition of Reader’s Digest outlining flowers and grasses found on Cornish Heathlands.
Excerpts from the Cornish dictionary and definitions of ‘blue’ taken from Chambers 20th Century Dictionary, first published in 1901 were also included.
More of Kirsten’s beautiful paintings are featured below:
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading today’s post. If you’d like to see more of Kirsten’s work please do visit her website, where you’ll also see larger versions of the images featured today.
(Images : Kirsten Jones)