I can’t believe I didn’t visit the University of Leicester Botanic Garden sooner! It is free entry and really beautiful. There are 6 or 7 greenhouses but you can only visit three of them: the desert house – which is my favourite of all! – the tropical house, and the alpine house. The greenhouses are a tad small, not that I am complaining, but the botanic garden itself is pretty big with some water features and sculptures. It took me about two hours to really take in everything they have got to offer.
The desert house is my favourite to visit because once you go in it’s like you are in a totally different place, and the colours in there are stunning – think green, blue, peach, and ochre together! I think it gave me the push I needed to start painting greenhouses. If you have read my previous post about finding my inspiration in greenhouses, you will know that I had been thinking about adding some kind of greenhouse collection to my shop! The cacti and succulents in the desert house were also lovely and well looked after.
Naturally it was very warm in the tropical house, and the alpine house was a little bare in comparison to the others but it was still a lovely place to look around and write down some names of potential plants for my garden.
If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I’ve been painting greenhouses! As a plant lover, I naturally enjoy visiting greenhouses and last year I decided that I want to create more greenhouse paintings for my shop. So I’ve made efforts to visit more, and most recently made a day trip to the University of Leicester Botanic Garden to visit theirs!
I collected all the best greenhouse photos I have taken and picked one to paint. It was daunting to get started and I procrastinated because I wasn’t confident I would be able to pull it off, but a few weeks ago I sat down at my painting table, ignored the Fear, and got finally started. Looking back I wish I had just got stuck in instead of putting it off for so long!
The end result two days later was a confusion. It was a mixture of:
Did I paint it?
I like it but I don’t like it either.
I beat my Fear?
This is not my style?
Wow, I really painted a scene!
After getting some feedback from my partner and Instagram followers, I came around and now I feel that it is a lovely piece. Because of popular demand I decided to get it printed, so it is now available as A4 and A3 prints!
Last week I painted a Cacti Scene from another of my greenhouse snaps. I had a dilemma whether to add a background or not… and I haven’t decided yet! Here’s hoping that I continue to push Fear aside and paint more greenhouses. I am excited to see how this collection will grow.