About the 100 Florals Project
A Studio Project
100 Works on Paper
Perfect Balance, #100floralsproject
The 100 Florals Project is a self-motivated peace of mind painting challenge created by the artist, where she set herself the challenge to paint 100 paintings on paper. Inspired by blousy peonies, freesias and humungous hydrangeas from her garden, Lesley set herself this challenge in 2021 to see her through difficult times. Paints, brushes, vases of roses and pot plants crowd her York studio as each day, she immerses herself in the task, working on paper and often in pairs. She finds excitement in the living colour and wild shapes. When colours become muted and the leaves are crispy and expressive, she continues to work through the seasons.
"The 100 Florals Project is a self-motivated peace of mind painting challenge. Blousy, frilly peonies, light and fresh freesias, humungous hydrangeas with a hoard of pots around the studio - all inspire me with their living magical colour and wild shapes. When they fade, the colours become muted and the leaves are crispy and expressive. These paintings convey movement and emotion in response to both living and dried florals in the studio. Working from observation, I'm responding to what I see and feel - a musical mark in the sweep of a brush or a calligraphic scribble. Most importantly, they take me out of myself and I am able to let go. The struggles in life are echoed in the resolution of each piece - a deep sense of satisfaction and peace."
Lesley Birch 2022
At this point in November 2022 Lesley has created 79/100 florals.
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"I am painting 100 Works on Paper...
Lesley Birch 2022
Lesley Birch in her City Studio, York - by Elly Ross Photography © 2022