Painting of the flower begonia by Þorgrímur Andri Einarsson

Red Begonia, 10 x 14in, oil on linen

 

Painting of the flower begonia by Þorgrímur Andri Einarsson

Red Begonias, 10 x 15in, oil on linen

 

The begonias have arrived !! Here in Iceland we unfortunately don’t have so many flowers during the winter time. But spring seems to be around the corner and the begonias have started to arrive in the flower shops. I was very happy to learn this and went and bought a few variations of tuberous begonias.

In these two studies I used the red begonia to try and come up with an interesting abstract design that would carrie the flowers nicely. I love painting these kinds of vignettes where the flowers seem to be growing out of a seemingly chaotic background. I wanted to have clear and strong visible brushstrokes against the delicate drawing of the pedals. They are mostly painted with a palette knife.