BotaniCOOLS

Recently gotten very involved in drawing flowers thanks to Maddie Flannigan (www.madalynne.com) who commissioned me to design a floral tattoo for her wrist. Its satisfying to focus in on something so small and beautiful and is largely an exercise in design -composition, interlocking stems, overlapping layers, colour, shape and dimension. Plenty of fantastic artists not only hopped between art and design but made the best designers themselves. For example, William Morris and also Charles Rennie Mackintosh (who did the most exquisite watercolour landscapes I know and is little known for more than his Art Deco designs). Didn’t have much experience drawing or painting flowers when I showed up in the US 2 years ago but in that time have done a ton initially for work and then pleasure. Not only got over my fear of them and all their little flappy bits but find them really COOL now!

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