My glittery flower paintings are so intrinsically linked with the British countryside that I can’t help but be inspired by the majesty and beauty which transpires when the bright blaze of summer gently turns to a warm autumnal glow. That said, I don’t want to draw the curtains on British summertime just yet as I’m an eternal optimist and hoping for a beautiful Indian summer, but this summer has been so wonderful that I felt I needed to reflect upon it, least of all to take stock of everything that has happened! Not only did I open the first Yvonne Coomber gallery in my home town of Totnes, appeared on BBC’s Countryfile and held various solo exhibitions around the UK, but I also visited France with Mike to soak up some beautiful European inspiration, as well as an all-too-quick tour around Ireland in our campervan. Summer has been beautifully busy, so September is the time to relax. Give me a quiet spot with a view of the changing trees on a crisp, late September day and I’m in my glory…
But being busy is as natural to me as painting, so I am currently beavering away here in the studio working on some final tweaks to my glittering flowerscapes and printed canvasses for showing the visitors we look forward to welcoming at Devon Open Studios which starts next week. We love to be able to invite people into our home and always excitedly anticipate this brilliant annual event- Mike and I will open the doors to our home on the 10th,11th,15th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th from 11am-6pm daily. Please do come and visit, we would both love to see you and promise a house full of love, sparkle and giggles…!
Glittery Flower Paintings to Inspire and Delight
People sometimes call me the ‘glitter artist’ due partly to my unique use of sparkly fragments and light-reflecting mixed media when creating my original contemporary artwork. The glitter I use is sourced carefully and contains diamond dust amongst other ingredients. Gold adds a richness and depth so I choose authentic gold leaf because of its ability to illuminate and dazzle. I also use copper and silver leaf, depending on the final effect I wish to produce. The use of light-reflecting glitter helps to give extra depth, and contributes to the three-dimensional visual splendour of my glittery flowerscapes. Subtle yet omnipresent, people tell me that my glittery flower paintings truly move and inspire them in all kinds of ways which I find deeply humbling. Someone wrote to me just last week saying the following:
“Yesterday, we bought a printed canvas from your gallery in Totnes…we could not resist and bought “You Make Loving Fun“. It was a very tough choice to choose which piece to buy as they are all so beautiful. In the end it was the title that swung it for me. We are a family of 5 with lots of laughter and fun in our house so it fits the bill perfectly. We have hung it today so that when we are all sitting around the dining table we can enjoy your painting. As I said to my husband, I don’t think I will ever be able to look at it without smiling!!”
It is this kind of reaction which gives me even more inspiration to continue doing what I love to do, and to offer up my Devon wildflower paintings to the world as a gift of colour and love. I have some new framed prints (entitled ‘Tread Softly’ and ‘Midsummer Dreaming’) which are currently proving popular on the website- I hope that you like them too!