Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tigermom - work in progress

Soon after New Year, I took a trip to Hillandale Gardens & Nursery in Yetholme to spend the day with my chum Sarah, talk about the new seed varieties I need to paint for this year's crop and enjoy the countryside.

Of course I came back with armfuls of flowers: Hydrangeas and tigerlilies so I set to, and started working on this image: 'Tiger mom', a gentle parody/protest at that term for overtly pushy and ambitious Asian mothers.  I have put the tiger lillies into some very colourful Peranakan pots - these beautiful porcelian pieces were used at weddings amongst the Straits Chinese community in Singapore and Malaysia and I've been a huge fan ever since I came across some in a museum in Penang around 1988.