I hope you all had a lovely weekend. Today I’m delighted to feature an interview with artist Vivienne Cawson and a selection of her beautiful paintings.
When did you start your business and where are you based?
I began my career as a professional artist in 2005, although during my teaching career I tried to exhibit regularly in Open exhibitions at The Mall Galleries, The Royal Botanical Society, Westminster Hall and The Royal Birmingham Society.
I work from home in Ashby-de-la-Zouch in Leicestershire, where I have a lovely purpose-built garden studio.
Where do you get floral inspiration for your work?
Having trained as a textile designer, pattern, colour and natural form remain important to me and are the main focus for my compositions.
The inspiration for a painting usually begins with the flowers….their colour and shape along with their relationship to fabrics and patterns. I love the contrast of natural form with geometric pattern.
My aim is not to produce faithful reproductions, but to be inspired by the information before me to produce a spontaneous reaction through which I aim to keep the painting alive and fresh.
Could you tell us about the workshops you run?
I hold two day and Saturday workshops in my studio. Each course is tailored to individual needs allowing beginners and experienced painters to work together.
I paint alongside my students enabling them to see how I develop a painting and I advise, encourage and demonstrate throughout a course.
My aim is that students have an enjoyable, worthwhile experience and leave inspired with helpful tips and some new techniques.
I also visit art clubs and societies to give demonstrations and lead workshops.
Where are your paintings exhibited?
I have exhibited my paintings in the RBSA Open All Media exhibition and a solo exhibition at Fishers Solicitors, Ashby de la Zouch which moved to Sock Gallery in Loughborough, as part of a Commission and Purchase Fair.
And I’ll be at the following events:
- Contemporary Craft and Design Fair, RHS Garden Wisley
- Gardening Scotland, The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh
- Patchings Art Festival, Nottinghamshire
- The Craft and Design Experience, Henley Showground, Henley on Thames
- Clay Barn, Alcester, Warwickshire
- Harrogate Flower Show this autumn
What are your plans for 2012?
Obviously to create more paintings. As any artist, I’m always looking to improve my work.
I continue to be very influenced by Charles Renee Mackintosh’s water colours.
Who knows? 2012 plans are made and I’m already thinking about 2013! My 2013 calendar is at the printers.
Do you have a favourite flower?
I don’t have an absolute favourite.
Anemones, tulips, hellebores, lilies, iris, poppies and cyclamen feature regularly in my work.
It’s a very seasonal subject as I don’t paint from photographs. When their turn comes around again in the year, I relish the thought of painting them again.
I hope Vivienne’s paintings have brightened up your Monday. If you’re visiting any of the shows that she’s exhibiting at, do pop over to her stand and say ‘Hello’.
(Images : Vivienne Cawson)