Bodnant Gardens, Wales

This motif came from Bodnant Gardens North Wales We went on holiday there for Easter in 2003, and visited the gardens where the camellias and rhododendrons were in full bloom.

The first visit was a walk round, exploration of the gardens and visit to the teashop. I’d found my motifs, and needed to go back to draw uninterrupted.

The next visit was specifically for artistic purposes. Friends came with me but were drawing as well.  We took a picnic, and had a wonderful day exploring and drawing. My friend’s daughter said, ‘I think this must be paradise’. It certainly felt like that as we drew the curled up fronds of ferns and camellias.

I have taken prints from the resulting oil paintings I made, had them framed and given them as wedding gifts.   ‘Dying Camelia’    NFS

‘Camelia on a wall’ NFS  me and beth bodnant