Blush / Watercolour / Original
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"Blush" by Claire Broughton is an original watercolour painting of a peachy coloured pansy flower on paper, set in an off white archival matboard.
Violas and wild pansies were cultivated in Europe by many gardeners. The origin of the plants we now call pansy began in Iver, Buckinghamshire, England. In the early 1800's an inquisitive Lord Gambier and his gardener William Thompson began crossing various Viola species.
The word pansy comes from mid 15th century French from the word penser; pensee is the feminine form of penser meaning to think or ponder over something.
In Victorian England, the pansy flower was used for secret courting. Any display of love or passion was severely frowned upon and in order to communicate to potential romantic partners the pansy was employed. The pansy flower was used to convey messages such as I’m feeling amorous towards you, I am thinking of you or I have thoughts of you or I’m missing you, but always it was about one person thinking of another.
Mat Size: (h) 355mm x (w) 280mm
Image Size: (h) 180mm x (w) 160mm
Matamata based watercolour artist, Claire Broughton is originally from the UK and has called New Zealand home since 2007. Mother nature is Claire's biggest inspiration and capturing the essence of her subjectmatter is what pushes Claire. A mainly self taught artist, her love for Botanical illustration and watercolours was strengthened in 2010 under the guidance of well known water colour artist Susan Tustain-Harrison.
In 2016 Claire completed a certificate in Drawing Nature, Science and Culture through the University of Newcastle, Australia. This really provided an excellent understanding of drawing, especially botanical drawing which in turn has helped her to achieve realistic watercolour paintings.
Claire has previously taken part in various group shows and sold works through:
The Botanical Art Society of New Zealand “Botanica 2018 Exhibition” at the Akaroa Art Gallery, Akoroa on the South Island, New Zealand.
The Friends of The Gardens Art Group “In Memory of Banks & Solander Exhibition” 2019 at the Auckland Botanical Gardens, New Zealand.