Lately I’ve been working with a lot of King Proteas as a few of the other blooming natives are coming to the end of their season.

Even though these stunners are not native to Australia but South Africa – they certainly compliment both our environment and can be grown at home (I’ve started growing my own plants last year and finally had my first bloom last month) or placed with other Australian natives to make a beautiful composition. I’ve been pairing it with Silver Dollar Eucalyptus whose powdery pale green leaves sit wonderfully with the subtle muted pink shades of the King Protea

Here are a few of the pieces I’ve been working on that relate to the King Protea – both in the studio and displayed at the gallery.

The first image is a still life of a floral arrangement I created. This piece is called “King Protea Burst” to see the finished work click here

 

The second work is “King Protea on Wood” and was painting on walnut oak. I enjoy the contrast of the softness of the protea on the dark grain of the wood.

The slightly abstracted botanical- scape is called “Royal Proteas” to see further details about this piece click here