Latest Commission: Governor Marie Bashir rose

When someone commissions a painting it is always a special experience taking the artist on a journey of discovery. Such was the case when Glynis Hayne commissioned me to paint the Australian Bred rose, Governor Marie Bashir, for her to present to Paul Hains, the breeder of the rose. Glynis sent me a number of photos to paint from and we both agreed that her photo of a bunch of these roses would make a very dramatic painting. This pale pink floribunda with a coral centre and a mild fragrance has exquisite form, so I enjoyed every moment of painting...

Viewpoints: Two Artistic Journeys Along The Great Ocean Road

From the 30th March until 9th April 2018, fellow artist Val Parker and I are thrilled to be exhibiting paintings inspired by the Great Ocean Road, in conjunction with an interesting display by the Torquay and District Historical Society.  Val and I present two very different artistic journeys and we hope you will enjoy exploring them. Location: St Luke's Anglican Church Hall, 17-19 Pride St, Torquay Victoria. Times: Open Friday 30th March from 1-4pm and then 10am-4pm daily.  Free Entry. Opening Event: Saturday 31st March 2.30pm - 4pm.  All welcome.We look forward to meeting you and sharing this special experience....

Exhibition Preview: A Memorial Cross of Roses

The Great Ocean Road is a 243 kilometre stretch of road along the south-eastern coast of Australia between the Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford. Built by returned soldiers between 1919 and 1932 and dedicated to soldiers killed during World War I, the road is the world's largest war memorial. In recognition of the centenary of the end of World War One this year, and the fact that the Great Ocean Road was built by the returned soldiers, all of my flowers for this exhibition are painted on natural linen canvases symbolic of the military tents and uniforms. Roses are...

Exhibition Preview: Cicely Lascelles Rose

Cicely Lascelles is an Australian Bred climbing hybrid tea rose released by Alister Clark in 1937.  I couldn’t believe my luck when I came across a specimen of this rose in flower at the Colac Botanic Gardens with a plaque on it saying that it was named after the first person to drive the length of the Great Ocean Road.  I knew that this rose would have to be the feature painting for my upcoming exhibition ‘Viewpoints: Two Artistic Journeys along the Great Ocean Road’ with fellow artist Val Parker. Let me tell you a little more about Cicely, who...

Exhibition Preview: Tribute to Treloar Roses

If you take a drive down the Great Ocean Road it is worth driving on a little further to visit the display gardens of Australia’s largest rose grower, Treloar Roses, located 7km north of Portland.   The display gardens are undoubtedly beautiful, but for me, seeing the 300 acres of rose fields with one million roses planted in rows in the rich chocolatey brown soil was a sight to behold.   In 1966 Treloar Roses produced their first colour catalogue and some of the new releases for that year are still popular today.  For the upcoming Viewpoints exhibition I have painted nine...

Exhibition Preview: Natural Treasures and Garden Escapees

When I was researching links between roses and the Great Ocean Road for my upcoming Viewpoints exhibition, I came across an interesting document which named the Sweet Briar Rose on a list of invasive weeds under the heading of Garden Escapees. As I glanced down the list of these escapees I saw many names I recognised, and thought this would be a fun idea for a series of paintings.  There are also many wonderful native treasures and I have given you a taste of some of those as well. In the top rose we have Native Violets, Native Fuchsia and...

Exhibition Preview: Diana's Dahlia

Waterlily, Dinnerplate, Pompom, Ball, Cactus, Stellar, Orchid, Peony, Single, Mignon, Anemone, Collarette are all types of Dahlias. Dahlias are perennial tubers which originated in Mexico, where they were taken to the botanical gardens in Madrid and named in honour of Swedish Scientist Andreas Dahl. I wanted to include a Dahlia in my upcoming Viewpoints Exhibition: Two Artistic Journeys Along the Great Ocean Road, because as you make your way from Melbourne to the start of the road you go close to Country Dahlias of Winchelsea.  Country Dahlia's has Australia's largest collection with two acres of dahlia gardens, with over 20,000...

In The Pink

Pink is the oldest of rose colours and the earliest depictions of roses in art were pink.  Even when we think of the colour rose, a pink hue comes to mind. Pink roses have a long history in floriography, or the language of flowers popular in Victorian times and different shades of pink had different meanings.  A light pink rose was used to express sympathy or condolences. It could also mean admiration, poise, grace and joy.  A medium pink rose was an indicator of happiness and admiration.  A dark pink rose could be used as a thank you  whilst pink...

Water Wisdom

"Water flows from high in the mountains, Water runs deep in the Earth, Miraculously, water comes to us, And sustains all life". ~Thich Nhat Hanh~A water wise garden does not mean a bland or desert like garden.  These water wise tips are relevant for all gardens and are based on the premise that the health of your garden starts with the soil.  The gardeners at the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens provide this information on the signboards in their water wise garden to help you make the best use of water in your garden.  The Warrnambool Botanic Gardens were designed in 1879 and continue to be an...

Hints of Ultra Violet

Since the year 2000 the Pantone Color Institute in New Jersey have announced a colour of the year. This colour is then used by fashion and interior designers and homeware producers to create future products. This year the colour is Ultra Violet, and Pantone describes it as a provocative and thoughtful blue-based purple communicating originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking. It is complex and contemplative and suggests the mysteries of the cosmos. Well, I like to think of myself as a trend-setter so above are some of my paintings which have hints of Ultra Violet. All are currently available for purchase....

What People Are Saying About My Newsletter

My monthly ‘art, gardens and always roses’ email newsletter has given me the opportunity to speak with people the world over and to send something light, bright and rose-scented into my reader’s inboxes to uplift, inspire and amuse.  For the past 50 months I have sought out rose stories from near and far, picked out my best photos, previewed my latest paintings and introduced some wonderful special guests.  Here’s what some of my loyal readers have to say about my newsletter, and if you are intrigued I would love to add you to the list to join in the fun:...

Living Well and Painting Roses

I was delighted to be asked to write for the Summer edition of Living Well - the inspiring magazine of the Yarra Living Centre. People often ask me why I paint roses, and in this article you will read why I am compelled to paint roses and share them with the world.

Small Gift Guide

It gives me great pleasure to be able to make available for purchase a range of gift ware featuring my paintings.  I hope you will enjoy browsing through my rose-inspired gifts and finding that something special for or a friend or a special treat for yourself.  All prices are in Australian Dollars and I will pay for the postage. If you would like to purchase something please send an email to michelle@michelleendersbyart.com and I can send you an invoice and pack up your parcel.  I also have some very delightful vintage rose wrapping paper from the Royal Horticultural Society so...

The Grass Is Always Greener

Every year I am lucky to be able to visit many different rose gardens both public and private. One thing that many of them have in common is that the rose beds are often bordered by lawns. Rose and lawn maintenance also have a few things in common, so I have called upon my friend, Paul Grace, a turfgass specialist and rose enthusiast from Greenfield, Indiana to give you his insights and his top turf tips below and I hope you find it as fascinating as I did.  Paul has also sent me these photos of his roses. Over to you, Paul!...

A Special Tribute To A Man Of Roses

Let me show you a hidden treasure and tribute to a man who could perhaps be called Australia's first celebrity gardener.  Just over 30 km northwest of the Melbourne CBD you will find the Alister Clark Memorial Rose Garden on the corner of Bulla Road and Green Street, Bulla. Open daily during daylight hours. Alister Clark (1864-1949) is recognised as Australia’s most prolific and famous rose breeder and this garden is the most complete collection of Alister Clark roses in the world. The garden was in full bloom when I visited this month and it looked magnificent with two beautiful bluestone buildings as...

Painting Constance Spry

Sometimes painting a rose is like reading a great novel, you want to find out how it will end up , but at the same time you don't want it to ever end.  Such was my experience of painting Constance Spry, the first glorious rose introduced by David Austin back in 1961.  This is the second David Austin I have painted and I am looking forward to continuing this series because painting these intricate roses is like escaping into another world for a time.  The namesake of this rose, Constance Spry (1886-1960), a high profile florist who was ahead of...

Late Season Rose Trail

There's something about late season roses that I find incredibly attractive.  There are fewer blooms in the gardens overall, there is less foliage too and perhaps a little bit of black spot has started to appear.  The blooms, however, when you pick them out, might be more intense in colour because of the cooler temperatures and not being faded by the sun, they may be dusted with dew, or standing out like a beacon on top of tall stems catching the last rays of Winter sun for the day. And when you are out driving in Victoria, it is worth...

War and Peace

I always love to know the stories behind the roses and it seems fitting that the story of the most famous of all the world's roses, the Peace rose, would be large enough to fill 250 pages!  Antonia Ridge's 1965 novel 'For The Love of a Rose' tells not only the story of the Peace rose, and how a cutting of the rose made it out of France on the eve of World War II, arriving safely in the USA where it was successfully propagated, but it also tells the story of the Meilland family of rose breeders, who have been and...

Australian Bred Inspiration

What comes to mind when you think of Australian bred roses?  Do you have some growing in your garden?  What is your favourite?For over 100 years, Australian rose breeders have been creating roses to suit Australian conditions.  Although I have a Lorraine Lee and a Victoria Gold growing in my garden, it wasn't until my recent visit to Morwell Centenary Rose garden that I got a sense of the beauty and uniqueness of these roses.  Seeing this collection as a whole in their late Autumn splendour is the inspiration for a whole new series of paintings and a new format...

In The Rose News

Four times a year, the beautifully presented Victorian Rose News, is a delight to read. My article 'A Year In The Life of A Rose Artist' appears in the current Autumn issue and can be read in full here.

A Dozen Red Roses

The red rose is the symbol for Valentine's Day which is just around the corner so I thought it was a good time to see what red rose paintings I have in my current collection.  It is hard to believe that an estimated 250 million red roses are to be produced for Valentine's Day, the sheer number makes the mind boggle, especially when you think each one is long-stemmed and unblemished!  Please enjoy my bouquet of red rose paintings, a subject I never tire of, and on the last red rose I painted I counted that I used a dozen...

Enter the World of Vintage Roses

I knew Jane Eastoe’s latest book was going to be beautiful because it is filled with exquisite photographs taken by the queen of rose photography herself, Georgianna Lane. But I couldn’t believe just how special it was until I had the chance to immerse myself in it. I must alert you to the photograph on pages 10 and 11 where there must be over 300 vintage rose blooms in the shot, it is just extraordinary.   Over sixty different roses are featured under the alluring headings of Classic Blooms. Dramatic Flowers, Romantic Beauties and Fragrant Delights. What I particularly liked...

The Ultimate Blank Canvas

Twenty years ago, Alowyn Gardens in the Yarra Valley, was an old sheep paddock. Today this 4 acres of land is an absolute wonderland full of surprises behind high hedges. Of course, I was keen to see the roses and I wasn’t disappointed. At the end of the colourful perennial border I found Grace and Best Friend, surrounding the central fountain, the David Austin Mary Rose was in bloom and an impressive bed of Rugosas were a mass of plump rose hips. A delight of climbing roses covered arches and arbours with Pierre de Ronsard and Lady Hillingdon making an...

A Pretty State of Affairs

I could spend days, if not weeks, exploring the 5 hectares that make up the Victoria State Rose Garden in the Werribee Park precinct, in search of new roses to paint.  The garden has an intriguing layout which is in the shape of a five-petalled Tudor Rose containing Hybrid Teas and Floribundas, and then there is the Federation leaf section containing Australian bred roses, and there is also a rosebud of English Roses bred by David Austin.  Around the outer edge of the Tudor Rose are festoons of climbing and rambling roses and tall weeping standards. Two sides of the outer border, are...

Painting exquisite David Austin roses

It is with great excitement that I share with you my first painting of a David Austin rose.  David Austin has been breeding roses for the past 50 years.  He was inspired by a book on old roses and wanted to combine the best characteristics of the old roses with modern roses and the magnificent results are what he called 'English Roses' multi-petalled , cupped  and rosette forms, fragrant repeat-flowering roses in a wide range of colours and shrubby growth habits making them suitable for mixed borders, blending well with herbaceous perennials to create a charming traditional cottage garden effect...

Prelude to Spring

Gallery 34 in Yea was the venue for my major exhibition of 2017.  Over 20 paintings were displayed in this beautiful historic building along with limited edition round art cushions which have a different rose painting printed on back and front.   Below are the paintings which were in the exhibition and some are still currently available for purchase.

Rose Deconstructed

The concept of deconstructed desserts is very popular at the moment, when individual components of the dish are isolated and then presented creatively.  As an artist I am nourished by the rich symbolism associated with roses and the intricate shapes which combine to form the flower.  Just as in a deconstructed dessert, the shapes which make up the roses even when pulled apart are still characteristically rose-like.  In this piece the motifs of hearts and a nightingale emerged when the rose was deconstructed.  The rose and the nightingale are associated historically and symbolically in Persian art and poetry with the nightingale symbolising...

A Rose Trial Garden and A Fantasy of French Roses

The Adelaide International Rose Garden at the Adelaide Botanic Gardens displays over 2,500 roses in a sunken garden, a circular garden and several pergolas.    The eastern side of the garden belongs to the National Rose Trial Garden – which began in 1996 to help the rose industry determine which roses not yet for sale in Australia are best suited to our climate as well as providing the opportunity to test and promote Australian bred roses.  The roses in the trial garden are judged independently on the following criteria:•health•vigour•hardiness•pest and disease tolerance•habit of growth•impact of the display•beauty of blooms•abundance of...

Old Post Office Seymour

If you are travelling through Seymour over the next few months, please call in to the Old Post Office Seymour Fine Art Gallery and Restaurant which was built in 1872, and see a very clever display of a number of my paintings which seem to feel right at home in this beautiful and lovingly restored heritage building.   The Gallery & Restaurant trading hours are Wednesday to Sunday 11am to 4pm & Wed to Sat evenings from 6pm.  For more information on the gallery and to see what art you might encounter on your visit please follow this link Old Post Office...

Containing My Excitement

I have run out of spaces in my garden to plant roses and thought I would try growing some in containers, but I know nothing about it so I have sought out some expert advice from my friend Teresa Byington, consultant rosarian and co-host of the Rose Chat Podcast, where I first 'met' Teresa when she and Chris VanCleave interviewed me about my art and my interest in roses.  So I am absolutely thrilled to have Teresa here as my guest to answer all of my questions about growing roses in containers.   Here's the interview and pictures of Teresa in her...