Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

I guess I’m lucky to be suffering flower deprivation as it means I’m used to having a fantastic variety around me.  I can’t help but think that the world needs more flowers, not only for their intrinsic beauty but also as a symbol of passive resistance, peace and environmental harmony.

Scientific research has also shown that flowers benefit emotional health.

“Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy. Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being.” – Dr. Haviland-Jones.

Read more here.

After a long, hot summer there are few flowers around Balligar and I’m recalling a rainbow of WA wildflowers I found in WA during Spring. It may be more correct to call them flowers found growing wild as some of them may not be natives and some may be weeds – beautiful nevertheless.  I hope digital flowers also lift spirits!


I created the original drawings / paintings using Prismacolor coloured pencils on Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper. 

Rainbow pencil

Rainbow pencil (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Each 10cm square took about about 10 hours to do as many layers were needed to get depth of colour.  Coloured pencil work makes me look forward to painting big in Acrylics – and painting in Acrylics makes me look forward to sitting quietly and working small in pencil – how good is that?!  I love watercolours too – and pastels – and charcoal – and…

Now I have a lot of coloured pencils but not enough to build a wall of 12,000!


2 thoughts on “Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

  1. Greg Campbell

    Lovely to see this art again, I well remember the effort required and clearly the outcome is worth it! Flowers are just around the corner with the heat slowly becomeing more bearable 🙂


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