Lock-down Blossom Series

Oil painting of blossoms and vase

A series of oil paintings made in 2020 during the first few months of the COVID pandemic following the flowering of various blossoms and then consequently the painting of sweet peas as a commission.

Oil painting of blossoms and vase
"Hanami | Blossom and Japanese Vase"
2020
Oil paint on gessoed plywood
24" x 24" 60 x 60 cm
“The quietness of the streets and the beautiful sweet sound of birds and the seeming purity of nature bursting through into the normally hustling bustle of the human landscape inspired these paintings into existence.”
Kate Beaugié, 2020
Oil painting Sakura blossom (close-up)
"Sakura"
1st April 2020
Oil paint on plywood panel
15 x 15 cm
Small pale blossoms coming off a few highly coloured, thin branches, over a black background, with a section of the mouth of a milk bottle that holds the stems, in the bottom right hand corner
"Winter Flowering Blossom | Mother's Milk no. 1"
2020
Oil on plywood panel
15 x 15 cm
Stark small pink blossoms on wiry branches which are held up by a milk bottle, half filled with greenish water, with a dark black background. The milk bottle sits on a white table cloth, but the shadows make it murky grey overall.
"Wintering Cherry - Mother's Milk no. 2"
2020
Oil on gessoed panel
40.5 x 40.5 cm

Whilst Kate paints, she carefully selects music that will inspire a specific state of mind; it the case of "Cherry Blossom in a tarnished silver vase", she was listening to Monteverdi's "Missa in illo tempore Messa a quattro voci".

A sound-bite of Monteverdi's "Misa in illa tempore: I Kyrie"
Oil painting of cherry blossom in silver vase standing on white cloth
"Cherry Blossom in a tarnished silver vase"
2020
Oil paint on mdf board
20 x 30 cm
Oil painting of Sweet Pees in silver vase standing on white cloth
“Sweet Peas in a silver vase | hot summer”
Summer 2020
Oil paint on gessoed board
60 x 60 cm

“Sweet Peas in a silver vase | hot summer” was painting during a heatwave, the sweet peas did not last long in the heat so had to be painted very swiftly; look closely to see the minimal use of paint used to create them.