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Guardians of Serenity I & II

Guardians of Serenity I & II

By Wendi Weller


Original artworks

Acrylic and oil pastel on canvas


Image size:  H: 92cm x W: 62cm

£545 each


This pair of 2024 paintings presents a rich and tropical interpretation of the rhododendrons visible from Wendi's studio. The style is the culmination of a new, semi-abstract phase of work by the artist that is being shown exclusively in this gallery this year and which finds her experimenting with degrees of loose brushwork and various colour backdrops, from light to dark.


The flat, vivid shapes of the vibrant petals are interlaced with curving stems in a painting that has been built up in thick layers of colour. The effect is of a dense canopy of lush leaves, petals and buds  on a white background.


Wendi was further inspired by this passage she came across on social media: "In the dappled embrace of woodland realms, where whispers of ancient trees intertwine with the symphony of nature's breath, there exists a floral enchantress, the rhododendron. ...Among the verdant foliage, these botanical wonders stand as guardians of serenity, their majestic presence evoking a sense of wonder and reverence."


This pair would look marvellous in a room setting together - side by side or on facing walls - or could hang individually. Some interior ideas are shown above and demonstrate that pink is by no means a colour that should be confined to the bedroom or dressing room!


    Warwickshire artist, Wendi, is passionate about colour and this translates into large, semi-abstract, bold floral paintings as well as still life work.


    Working in acrylic, oil and mixed media - either on canvas, paper or board - she aims to create fresh, bright, fluid lines. She uses mark-making and texture to convey the shapes and vibrancy of flowers and vegetation in her own garden, working from her eco studio which backs onto countryside.


    What starts out as a vision, soon evolves into an abstract concept of the shape and contours relating to the colour and form.


    “I begin my paintings with washes of colour, then build up layers, always retaining some of the sweeping background brush marks and colours in the finished painting.


    “These paintings are inspired by my garden and some are named after strong Shakespearean women - independent and intelligent characters who are capable of overcoming obstacles and challenges in their lives. I feel my plants face similar challenges, with the threat of global warming and seasonal hurdles of their own.”

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