A Flower a Day for the Month of May

We have been having fun on Instagram this month, with my wife Karina, taking over my Instagram account to post her pick of flowers for each day of May. I did a similar thing last year, but this time Karina was keen to pick her favourites.

She is also giving the background story to each print and it’s been interesting to see which ones she has chosen. Here is a sample:

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On 10th May, Karina chose the Orange Ranuculus prints (above) and wrote this about them:

“I’m definitely cheating today by offering up four flower prints: Orange Ranunculus I, II, III & V from Paul’s Chroma II series. The lovely bright colour seems appropriate as we head into the weekend.

There are around 500 types of ranunculus, including the common buttercup, and these orange beauties came from our local flower farm. Their large heads with their delicate, multi-layered petals really draw the eye and their fine edges give the images lots of texture and detail, which the large 40x50 inch prints show really well.

The stamen look incredibly complex, especially in Orange Ranunculus II and I love that these photographs have a gentle painterly quality to them too.”

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On 13th May Karina wrote about the three Leucospermum cordifolium (Protea) flower prints above :

"On day 13 of my takeover of Paul’s Insta account for ‘A Flower A Day for the Month of May’, my choice is the Leucospermum cordifolium (Protea) flower in three prints from the ‘Botanic’ series.

Originally from South Africa, this is one of the very few of the flowers that Paul has photographed that was not grown locally.

The flower has an elegant and quite complex structure which gives the prints masses of texture and detail.

The Leucospermum cordifolium has been likened to a pin-cushion, with the pistils (not petals) being the pins and the flower head being the cushion. The head is a composite bloom made up of lots of individual flowers - it’s fascinating and very beautiful.

These three prints make a nice triptych and I have included a picture of what they would look like together on the wall”.

Please feel free to follow along on Instagram: @PaulCoghlin

Best wishes

Paul

On the Suffolk Coast

We have been enjoying glorious weather here in Suffolk and we took ourselves off for an exploration of the Suffolk coast recently. Coffee and a bun at a farmshop cafe was followed by a visit to Snape Maltings to look around the various art galleries.

A highlight was the Lettering Arts Trust gallery, which had an exhibition called THE LOST WORDS forget me not, which is on until 26th May. The artworks celebrate “ …our connections with nature and the feelings, associations and memories conjured by words such as ‘acorn’, ‘conker’, ‘adder’, kingfisher’, ‘lark, ‘ fern’ and ‘willow’ – each of which has been removed from the OUP Junior Dictionary in recent years.” We found the exhibition quite poignant. The gallery is open Friday-Monday, so it’s worth bearing that in mind if you would like to see it.

After that we spent a while admiring Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture Family of Man which sits just behind the Snape concert hall.

Family of Man by sculptor Barbara Hepworth at Snape Maltings in Suffolk

It’s incredibly peaceful standing near this lovely artwork (which was unfinished at the time of the artist’s death). The reeds behind it were rustling in the breeze and we could hear curlews, seagulls and skylarks above.

Retired fishing boat on Aldeburgh beach on the Suffolk coast.
Markers off Aldeburgh Beach in Suffolk. Seascapes by fine art photographer Paul Coghlin.

Our next stop was Aldeburgh beach where we spent an hour or so taking photographs and walking over the crunchy pebbles. Unfortunately the fish and chip shop was shut, much to my wife’s dismay, so I think a return visit in the near future is likely.

The Suffolk coastline is tranquil, as are many Suffolk landscapes. The skies are famously wide and on a stormy day, they can be pretty spectacular. On this occasion though, there was no drama, just beautful blue skies, gently lapping waves and wall-to-wall sunshine. Nice!

There are more seascapes on the Water page on the website if you would like to have a browse.

Best wishes

Paul

What will my picture look like on the wall?

When you browse art online, it’s sometimes difficult to visualise what a picture will look like in real life, once it is framed and on the wall. We try to make this easier for people looking at our website by showing some of the prints being signed. I think it helps when you see an actual print, you can more easily gauge its size and colour and also get a feel for the quality of the printing process.

Signing 'Chroma' floral series large print, D8E5583, L1200px, 400KB, © Paul J Coghlin 2018.jpg

We have also started to upload pictures of what prints in-situ would look like, showing them framed and on the wall, to give you a better idea of what they might look like in your own home. It will take us a little while to do this for all of my prints, but if there is one in particular that you would like to see on the wall, please let me know and we will get that uploaded for you.

If you have bought any of my prints and would like to send us a picture of it hanging on your wall, we would be thrilled to see it and to include it on our website.

Photographic print of a giraffe in a child’s bedroom. Limited edition prints by fine art photographer Paul Coghlin.