Balmerino woods are on the edge of the Tay, opposite the city of Dundee. It is a special place and has beautiful spring flowers that inspired me to make a series of ‘Votive Offerings’ there. The top photograph shows the whole series of posies I made, and left there.
‘Votive Offering No.65’ is one of these, it is a depiction of this posy of Flowering Currant, Hawthorne Blossom, Scots Pine and a blade of grass.
Working from this photograph I then created the painting at my studio,firstly working in graphite and watercolour onto stretched hot pressed watercolour paper. I then brought in acrylic paint for the gold of the grass and the opaque blue background, before working up further layers of watercolour glazes to create depth and detail. I particularly liked the way the twig of pine with it’s cone worked in graphite so I have left that unpainted. You can see in the images below how the artwork evolved to the finished piece.