Midnight flowers

All the illustrations I am working on at the moment are very dark – not necessarily dark in nature, but scenes set in the dead of night so everything is murky and lamp-lit. Mostly I am picking up where my christmas card designs left off and, although I really like them and feel like I could quite happily keep doing them this way for ever, I realise that when they are hanging all together they are going to start to look extremely “samey” — like a big browny-black mass. But my problem is that my theme is “A Midnight Picnic” and are all woodland or forest settings; black, murky backgrounds with fairy lights and japanese lanterns, fire-flies and camp-fires.
So this morning I was staring off into space wondering what on earth I should do to brighten up the show a bit when my eye fell on my old note book that I used to take along to textile design classes last year. The scribble would have originated as an idea for a piece of repeat pattern fabric (such as the one I did finally finish) but it occurred to me that a wild woodland floor covered in some kind of creeping mass or weird flowers would be quite bright and colourful- even lit by moon or lamp, and the more I thought about it the more I liked the idea of a huge piece covered in these flowers with picnickers nestled amongst them.

So there you go. A note about nothing except what is occupying my head today. I will start it tonight after Amelia goes to bed, if we are not watching Blade Runner which we never did get to last night.

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8 Responses

  1. Oooh..that would be lovely!!I’m thinking of some garden paintings by the Masters and recall some with things like lanterns and children..if I remember which ones and find examples, I’ll send them your way!

    I’ve been dreaming up a night-time garden party for a good while now, just so we can have lots of lanterns and candles and fairy lights up. Your story sounds wonderful! Can’t wait!

  2. I love the flower! It reminds me of a moonflower.

  3. claire I hope you will take lots of photos at the show, i cant wait to see your finished work! Is it all work on the computer? Do you then have it printed somewhere? So many questions sorry…I bet they are amazing!

  4. You could go Scandinavian/Alaskan–the Land of the Midnight Sun? Where you could picnic in sunshine all night…….xoox Kay

  5. How about a close-up of a firefly that’s landed on someone? They’re so bright and magical…

  6. jokano@gmail.com says:

    Your drawing and midnight picnic thoughts made me think of the art quilter Jane Sassaman and her “Night Garden” series. Her fanciful flowers are often appliqued onto a black background. Here’s a gallery:http://www.janesassaman.com/core-pages/quilts.html

  7. 1000hats@optonline.net says:

    Think Alice in Wonderland by Disney, when she is in the Tulgey Wood. Lots of brightly colored forest creatures in a very dark wooded area.