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Deep Colours and Wild Brushstrokes: Painting by Ella Sandow

A painting of a red, bulbous flowerFire in the Desert, oil on canvas

These deep colours and wild brushstrokes are the work of Ella Sandow, our featured artist for today. Ella finds much of her inspiration in nature, with many of her paintings focusing specifically on flowers and plants.


A gallery screen capture on the art website of Ella SandowDeviant Nature gallery on Ella's website

I find Ella’s use of black backgrounds interesting – it isn’t a tone I’d normally associate with floral paintings, however it does seem to work in the artist’s favour, offering an extra bit of drama and intrigue to what might have been a simple plant portrait. It is easy to see the artist’s love of contrast, between her flat, dark backgrounds and bright, loosely painted flowers. Ella’s series of works, “Deviant Nature” portrays these same subjects with a “deviant” edge, lighting them in reds and oranges, like the plants are burning, or made of fire themselves.  While the contrast is less obvious, the viewer is pulled in by the depth of the colour. I find it hard to look away from these works!


A painting of a flower saturated in red and orange tonesRed, acrylic on paper

A painting of a bird of paradise flower on a black backgroundThe Flames of Paradise, oil on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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