Spineflowers by Firedrake

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In the bestiary there’s also a garden. It’s walled off though, so the beasts can’t trample it!

I loved painting the undulating fin shapes of this piece, so I had to do another.

15×30cm, watercolour, chalk pastel, ink, conte, iridescent pigments and copper leaf on canvas.

In this one you can see the shiny copper:

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copper, firedrake, flower, garden, kaitlin beckett, red, skeleton, spine, vertebrae, watercolour

A collection of curious beasts of the sea, air, land and subconscious; painted and drawn with airbrush, dip pen and stained fingers, lovingly embellished with iridescent pigments and metal leaf.

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  • sjem ©
    sjem ©almost 6 years ago

    I wish you could really plant spinal cords to get this kind of garden. Pruning could be tricky though.

  • I think you’d plant a few, and then they’d just take over.

    – Firedrake

  • Cate Townsend
    Cate Townsendalmost 6 years ago


  • Tania  Donald
    Tania Donaldalmost 6 years ago

    gorgeous! the texture is almost palpable. : D

  • Lisa  Kenny
    Lisa Kennyalmost 6 years ago

    you have a brilliant imagination !

  • Damian
    Damianalmost 6 years ago

    Cool work! Just like a coral garden… if it was made of spines…

  • Haha, so that’s where my inspiration came from! It was only in March that I was swimming with coral :)

    – Firedrake

  • transmute
    transmutealmost 6 years ago

    Is that a wee bit of medulla oblongata?

  • I beg your pardon?

    – Firedrake

  • kvalle
    kvallealmost 6 years ago

    OMG I LOVE this soooooooo much…. beautiful stufff…..

  • msclairesunday
    msclairesundayalmost 6 years ago

    so wonderful, imaginative

  • jaycee
    jayceealmost 6 years ago

    Amazing work, I just love this.

  • Alissa Stytsenko
    Alissa Stytsenkoalmost 6 years ago

    weird stuff… TOTALY LOVE IT!!!!!!

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