Step Back In Time at the Staten Island Botanical Garden

Reading the labels in this rose garden is like seeing an exhibition of Old Masters. {READMORE} Containing rare and heirloom varieties from France, Belgium, Holland, China and the USA, a fine heritage rose garden at the Staten Island Botanical Garden is just a short trip from Manhattan on the ferry and then take the S40 bus to Snug Harbor. A few select roses were in bloom when I visited in June and it was just a treat to read the labels, dates and countries of origin of the roses in this collection. Some of the varieties present were: Sir Thomas...

Be Charmed by The Cranford Rose Garden

As pretty as a picture and with clever lattice work framing garden vistas - this spot is an artist's dream. {READMORE} The Cranford Rose Garden in the beautiful Brooklyn Botanic Garden was originally planted in 1927 and some of the original roses are still growing there.  The garden is rectangular in design with three long beds leading to a pavilion and surrounded by trellises covered in climbers.  In 2005 Rose Rosette disease was found in the garden and plants were removed.  Flowering annuals and perennials were planted in their place to attract beneficial insects to reduce the need for chemicals. ...

Delight in the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden

Designed in 1916 in a circular pattern with a central rose covered gazebo and paths radiating out like spokes in a wheel, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden at the New York Botanical Garden is a place of beauty.   The garden has currently over 4,000 rose plants and 680 varieties including many heirloom varieties and modern roses selected especially for their disease resistance.  In 1988 the garden was completed according to the original plan thanks to a generous donation by David Rockefeller and it was named in honour of his wife, Peggy, who was an ardent garden and lover of...

Art Goes Underground in NYC

The mosaic art in the New York Subway is a real treat to discover, with all manner of creatures and for the fashion-conscious hats galore! Here's some of my top finds - enjoy!

In Reverie of Form

The title of my upcoming show in New York has led me to delve deep into the world of the form of roses and has opened my eyes and understanding, and given me many ideas for future paintings.  The rose shape we are perhaps most familiar with is that of the Hybrid Teas Roses which have a high pointed scrolled bud, and the beauty of the rose is in the opening of the bud.  The beauty in the perfection of this form is short-lived because once opened these roses have little discernible form.  It is just in the last 150...

Feng Shui of the Pink Rose

I am delighted to welcome Sharen Turner as my guest on the blog this month sharing her special insight into pink roses. Sharen was the successful bidder for a painting of mine in a charity auction and is an aromatherapist and a Feng Shui consultant.  The Rose is a symbol of love and romance and is associated with the heart chakra, an energy that is nurturing, soothing and optimistic.   The colour of the heart chakra is represented by the colour pink, the universal colour of love. The Rose Bud is thought to attract financial prosperity and abundance, whereas the Rose given...

Imagine This - Works In situ

Ever wondered what a painting would look like on your wall or where you might hang a new piece?  Well take a look at these images and let your imagination run wild. You don't even need to light the fire with this bright painting to warm up the room.  Unwind at the end of the day with the almost hypnotic swirls of this pink rose. A red rose on a blue sky - this painting is a contemporary classic. How about a bunch of fresh flowers for your living room? Round paintings make a feature of a special piece of furniture, and a...

The Healing Power of Art and Artists

I am delighted to be selected to be part of the Healing Power of Art and Artists directory.  This is a curated art resource developed by Manhattan Arts International for art buyers, gallery directors, curators, art consultants, program directors, and the general public seeking exceptional healing art. This painting entitled 'Not Set In Stone' was a beautifully formed exhibition rose I photographed at a local rose show.  The white petals were picking up colours of slate and sandstone giving the rose a look of being carved in stone, but the rose, of course, would continue to open and the petals...

Kilmore Art Expo

Now in its 8th year, the Kilmore Art Expo attracts artists from near and far with between 350 and 600 paintings entered each year. This is my first time participating in this show and I'm looking forward to showing 5 of my rose paintings. Situated 60km North of Melbourne, the township of Kilmore is close to the gold fields, snow fields and the food and wine trails of North East Victoria.  It is also a destination for rose lovers with the popular Rose Cafe and Silkie Gardens Rose Farm. Here's all the details: Address: THE MEMORIAL HALL19 Sydney Street, Kilmore,...

Tis The Last Rose of Summer

As an artist always searching for new roses to paint and always hoping to find the perfect bloom, I am very aware of the flowering season and keep being surprised by the hardy bushes in my local neighbourhood which always seem to be producing one more bloom before the season is over.  So the words of Thomas Moore's famous poem written in 1805 are often going through my head, well the first line, anyway.  (For the full poem see below) Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852) was an Irish poet and was friends with fellow poets Byron and Shelley.     ...

Good As Gold

Delving into the centre of this deep yellow Australian bred rose Victoria Gold, I was surprised by the richness and intensity of the colours in the interior folds and crevices.Victoria Gold was released to commemorate the Centenary of the Victorian Rose Society in 1999. The Victorian Rose Society was the first rose society in Australia.It is a vivid gold Floribunda rose which grows to a maximum of 90cm in height and width. It produces flowers in clusters of up to 7 blooms per stem meaning one stem can fill a vase. Victoria Gold is one of the first roses to...

More Than a Dozen Red Roses

I love rose names and because it is Valentine's Day I've searched high and low to find you the names of 50 red roses,  And if anyone can tell me the name of the rose in this painting I would be double delighted! Well, here's the list.  Did your favourite red rose get a mention?  Or have you found a new love? Ace of Diamonds, After Midnight, Aida, Ain't Misbehavin', Ain't She Sweet, Amadeus, Belle Rouge, Big Apple, Black Magic, Blaze, Christian Dior, Classy, Dark Mirage, Dizzy Heights, Don Juan, Dublin Bay, Dusky Maiden, Edith Piaf, Enchantress, Erotica, Europeana, Eye...

Marsala Swirl

This rose with swirling tones of Marsala, Claret, Burgundy, Shiraz and even pale pink Moscato is right on trend to complement Pantone colour of 2015, Marsala.Pantone, began as a commercial printing company in the 1950's and devised a standardised colour reproduction system where different manufacturers in different locations can all refer to the Pantone system to make sure colours match without direct contact or sending samples.Each year Pantone declares a particular colour "colour of the year".  The colour is chosen to reflect the spirit of the times and can be seen in fashion, home decor and other trends.This painting is...

Riverside Rose Ramblings‏

Over the Summer break I stumbled across a treasure for rose, garden and art lovers alike in the regional Victorian town of Benalla.  Just 212 kilometres from Melbourne and on the banks of the Broken River (named because in dry weather it would break down into a series of waterholes) can be found the Benalla Botanical Gardens and Art Gallery.  {READMORE}Benalla Art Gallery has an impressive art collection with a  strong emphasis on the Australian impressionist period including amongst others, works by Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, E. Phillips Fox, Tom Roberts and Walter Withers. Works by Margaret Preston,  Arthur Boyd,...

Portrait of a Princess

I discovered this truly magnificent specimen of a rose at the Lyndoch Hill rose garden in South Australia and I had to take note of the name because it has that classic hybrid tea rose form which I just love to paint. This rose is Princess Margaret and it is described by Treloar Roses as "a large luminous bright pink rose of excellent form, with 30 unfading petals. Growth is vigorous and upright, the green foliage is of great hardiness".  I've called the painting 'Portrait of a Princess' taking inspiration from the grand tradition of royal portraits.  And just like...

Small Works Make A Big Impression‏

Brunswick Street Gallery's annual 40x40 exhibition which opened officially tonight is an amazing collection of over 800 works displayed creatively in numerous rooms over two levels in their character-filled gallery.  I'm thrilled to be part of this exciting exhibition and was  surprised to see my four mini round rose centres displayed for the first time ever so dramatically on black walls! If you would like to take a look for yourself here's all the details:Brunswick Street Gallery 322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy 3065On show until 17 January 2015Special opening hours:This Saturday and Sunday 10am - 6pmMonday 22nd December 2pm - 6pm,...

Golden Days

When I paint a rose I do not always know its name, so it is while I am painting it that I am waiting to be told its name. For this golden yellow rose which was truly bathed in sunlight I couldn't go past the name 'Golden Days'.  Not only referring to the colour but the demeanour of the rose as it looks backwards nostalgically to those happier days of youth.  The song Golden Days, from the operetta The Student Prince and 1954 MGM film where it was famously sung by Mario Lanza and mimed by Edmund Purdom, talks of...

Petals, Perfume and Possibilities

In search of inspiration I took to the road and around 150km from Melbourne I found an abundance of petals, perfume and possibilities.  Presented an Award of Garden Excellence in 2009 by the World Federation of Rose Societies, Morwell Centenary Rose Garden in Central Gippsland is well worth a visit when the roses are blooming which is from mid October.  With over 3000 roses I found there was plenty of inspiration for future paintings. I was particularly taken with the gazebo covered with French climber 'Pierre de Ronsard', and 'Shadow' the darkest red rose I have ever seen with rosebuds...

3500 years of inspiration

I was delighted to be invited to the be the special guest speaker at the Spring Rose Show for the Rose Society of South Australia on Sunday 19th October. I had the best time researching and presenting a talk on roses in art from very early murals discovered in archaelogical excavations to sharing my own story as a modern day rose painter.  If you would like a colour copy of the handout from my talk please leave me a message on my website here with your postal address and I will gladly post one out to you.

Masterworks

Currently showing, a diverse and exciting exhibition of Eltham College Alumni artists from the past four decades and I'm thrilled to have three of my paintings included. Held in the picturesque setting of Swipers Gully Vineyard & Restuarant 25 Eltham-Yarra Glen Road, Kangaroo Ground from the 18-31 October 2014. Open for viewing Monday to Friday: Coffee Shop open 8.45am - 11.30am and Sat 25 & Sun 26 Oct: 12pm - 4pm 

Art Deco Inspiration

A lot of people have been asking me about the dress I wore in the recent photo shoot for the local paper, and it does have a delightful story behind it. This is how the people at Blue Illusion describe their dress "Inspired by a 1930’s hand painted artwork found in an old print studio in France, it is beautifully designed with a veritable bouquet of rich floral print throughout for ultra-feminine flair with a dose of playfulness added by the sleeve and hem frills. Cut to a comfortable fit and flare silhouette, this piece is sure to take you...

Visions of Van Gogh & How To Force Branches to Bloom Indoors

On the eve of Spring over here in Australia we are just seeing the first blossom trees bloom and I can't see blossom without thinking of Vincent van Gogh and his wonderful paintings of blossom trees from 1888.   In March 1888 Vincent arrived in Arles in the south of France just as the blossom trees in the orchards were about to bloom, and within a month he had created 14 paintings. The blossom trees were a symbol of awakening and hope for Vincent and painting them invigorated him.   He wrote enthusiastically "I am up to my ears in...

Humanity, Harmony & Happiness

On show until 23rd August at St Nicholas Gallery 9 Bear St Mordialloc is a diverse collection of art from 30 artists hosted by the Kingston Interfaith Network. I was honoured to be invited to show one of my rose paintings 'Ode to Happiness'. Roses have been used for a symbol of happiness and peace and circles in art can represent harmony and wholeness. On Sunday 17 August between 2 and 4pm there is an Artist Q&A and a discussion on Art & Spirituality. All welcome. Gallery Hours:Monday - Thursday 12-3pmSaturday 10am-1pm

A Moment in Mauve

The colour mauve is often described as pale violet, but there are a number of variations of mauve including Rich Mauve, French or Deep Mauve, Opera Mauve, Mauve Taupe and Old Mauve. I'd like to think my rose is perhaps Opera Mauve, which was first recorded as a colour name in 1927, with Old Mauve in the shadows.   Old Mauve is a term used by stamp collectors to describe a particular colour in stamps. Mauve has an air of mystery about it as Oscar Wilde stated in The Picture of Dorian Gray “Never trust a woman who wears mauve,...

It's On The Cards

My Coffee Rosetta painting is currently being featured on one of Avant Card's Art Series free postcards.Ten thousand cards have been printed  and are being distributed in cafes, theatres and other venues Australia wide.  Who's going to be the first person to spot one out in the wild?  Please let me know where you see them, perhaps send me a picture or you can tweet to me @EndersbyArtIt's a true honour to be selected as an Avant Card artist and I'm thrilled to be sharing the joy around the country.

Through The Looking Glass

I was thrilled to find this tightly curled rose in a community rose garden just outside of West Wyalong, New South Wales. I've called this painting Through the Looking Glass after the Lewis Carrol's sequel to Alice in Wonderland and when you step through the looking glass you are in another, surreal world. Whilst painting the swirling petals I felt like Alice swirling down the rabbit burrow: "The rabbit-hole went straight on like a tunnel for some way, and then dipped suddenly down, so suddenly that Alice had not a moment to think about stopping herself before she found herself...

Ten Simply Beautiful Ways to Arrange Roses

Using my painting 'Bouquet de Roses' – “a stolen glance into a sophisticated bouquet of lavish roses” for inspiration, I have come up with ten simple and elegant ways to arrange roses for your enjoyment.1. Fan DanceFan out a bunch of straight-stemmed roses in a round glass bowl.2. Country CharmGarden roses can look charming arranged in an old teapot or milk jug.3. Make a ToastCluster a few special roses in a champagne flute.4. Monochrome Mixing.Mix roses with a mixture of other flowers of the same colour.5. Perfect MatchMix and match roses with foliage – try pale pink roses with blue...

Roses Take Centre Stage

Painting the beautiful blonde and shapely Marilyn Monroe Rose (above) got me thinking about other roses named after actressess and I found that there were many.  Let me tell you about some of them. Elizabeth Taylor is a shocking pink hybrid tea, Ingrid Bergman is a classic red rose, Audrey Hepburn is remembered with a light pink hybrid tea, Judy Garland is a flamboyant scarlet, orange & yellow floribunda, Ginger Rogers is an orange pink hybrid tea, Charlotte Rampling a medium red hybrid tea and Grace Kelly is a cream hybrid tea rose with pink edges. And if you find...

Bush Christmas

Who remembers the 1947 Australian film ‘Bush Christmas’ or the 1983 remake? Today I’m sharing with you my Pastoral Series which I painted at Christmas time 2 years ago. When I first presented these simple Australian rural scenes back in 2011, I received wonderful feedback from both home and abroad: “Your recent paintings of the fields remind me of Van Gogh’s series of paintings around La Crau” “It is amazing how a ‘simple rural scene’ can become interesting. You did not overpaint it, you just transferred the moment.” “Love the way the viewer can move back and forth through your...

Where Angels Soar

What music do you listen to when working or fulfilling your creative pursuits? I adore the voices of countertenors, with my absolute favourite being Australian born, international superstar, David Hansen. {READMORE}So for me, when I enter the studio, the first thing I do is put on David’s CD ‘Rivals – Arias for Farinelli & Co.’ and then I set out my paints and brushes and fill up my water jars. When I paint I like to feel like I’m in the realm of the angels and that is where countertenors sing.