Monday, November 23, 2009

Inspired by petals - my paintings & backdrops

Petals, petals, beautiful petals

Petals inspire me to do so many things with my work, especially paint them.

These are some of my paintings that I did about eight years ago. Just mainly decorative backdrops for my work and all inspired from flower petals. Painting backdrops is so much such fun and they are just such a perfect element to add that little extra to the room for a large event. To have a large painting hanging above the "wedding table" or positioned in the entrance makes such a wonderful statement. I once painted an English Garden scene for a large garden wedding on all three walls in a huge marquee, I think it was over 24 metres long. It wasn't that perfect up close, it was o.k. from a distance, and even better from way way back. But it was so much fun to paint and I still have it stored away for another wedding one day.

I have also painted fabric for curtains as seen below at our Farquhar's furniture display at the Tudor House Art Show. Andrew and I had to totally transform a school classroom into our furniture showroom and the only beautiful thing about this room were these two tall double windows. I didn't have the time or the budget to have curtains made so I painted large black scrolls on to twenty metres of canvas and then lined them. They were just what I wanted and very easy to do. We also brought in our own timber polished flooring and covered the walls with a timber roll.

It's so much more easier to paint large canvases than small and also if you stick to one or two colours. I love painting with just white, so I will have all my canvases made up by my darling Andrew in one colour, either a soft tan or black and then only using white and a touch of dark paint I paint away as you can see below in my birds nest painting.

And more petal inspired decorations with fabric

below are some screens and curtaining that I created for a large wedding in Sutton Forest on a lovely old property called 'Eagleroo'.

I wanted to divide the huge tent into sections. One hiding the stage & dance floor from the main dining area and to also make an entrance foyer. It was very, very easy to create, I used a sheer wide curtaining fabric and I cut hundreds of different shaped petals out of white interfacing fabric which I found to be both soft and easy to glue. I then used a can of spray adhesive to attach and once the curtain was hung I just positioned my petals where I wanted them. I had large flowers and little petals everywhere and I overlapped some of the petals as well to give depth.

It looked so beautiful and romantic when the sun came shining through the tent and I especially loved looking through the different layers of the sheer curtains. Oh..the possibilities are endless of what can be done. If I had the time I would have made or painted little long thin flower stems and added maybe a bird or two flying around.

and one more last thing and something a little different................with more interfacing petals I made this costume for Thomas (when he was in primary school) by attaching lots of petals to a white shirt. Thomas was Hedwig the owl from Harry Potter.

Thank you to those who have ticked my questionnaire, it is very interesting to watch the results and I also wanted to thank everyone for not telling me about my terrible spelling mistake on my last post. On the embarrassing!!. Next time please, please let me know, I really won't mind. Have a happy week.. xxx Coty


  1. LINDA cALANDRELLOMonday, November 23, 2009

    Thanks Coty, I was going to hang a cottony, muslin type curtain onto my pergola for Christmas, but now I know what I am really going to do. Thank you for these helpful hints. Linda C.

  2. A pleasure Linda,

    The sheer fabric would look divine draped in a pagola and also keep it very cool. How beautiful will it look when the breeze blows. Hopefully Christmas day won't be as hot as yesterday.

    You could also use stars and christmas ornament shapes instead of petals as well.

    Have fun,
    x Coty

  3. Coty,

    I came to you by way of our most sweet friend, Lisa Porter. I adore you blog and have added you to my favorites so that I may drop in and visit the beauty that you post.

    Blessings to you!


  4. Coty,
    Your petal curtains are awesome...who wouldn't want their light filtered by such beauty.
    I wanted to let you know about a project that I participated in last Sat., as did many other photographer/bloggers. It would be fun to have you join, if you have the time. To find out more go to Camilla's blog at:
    And to find out about this week's project go to:
    Carolyn's blog:
    It was more fun than I could have imagined.


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