Flowerbeds and feathery flowers were not just for the viewing pleasure of Cedric Morris; they were his life. The painter is known for being an avid plant lover and an extravagant painter who brought his love for plants and flowers onto the canvas. Cedric traveled between places during summers and winters and spent most of his time in the garden. He would wake up at the beginning of dawn and start weeding the backyard of his home. He had a passion for cross-breeding the iris of his flowers and manually pollinated his tulips. The poppies on his garden bed were garnered the same attention as every little flower. With his garden duties out of the way, the painter moved indoors to begin working on paintings and brought back the images from the mind of his garden and his creations.
Every painting and plant that Cedric brought to life is known for his trademark naturalist precision. No two pictures and flowers in his garden were the same. Instead, exotic flowers and plants covered the canvas and ground. Exhibitions that are conducted to honour the work of Cedric Morris strive to highlight the vibrant colors that are displayed. For a naturalist who lived a few decades ago, he was meticulous with his notes on how he plans his flowers. Today, when the work of Cedric is displayed, his flowerbed might have died away. However, the brush strokes on the canvas and the extensive notes in diaries are left to reveal the manic brilliance that was Cedric Morris.
Every Painting Had A Story
When Morris created his paintings, they were not everyday representations of what he saw in the plants and flowers. For a painter who is known for his flowers, he intends to convey the ‘apprehension’ of the plants. He strived to bring to canvas the intensity of feelings that the flowers gave the human mind. The personalities and subtle nuances in the strokes were aimed to show the intensity with which he painted. The paintings were always from the front point-of-view of his plant and flower subjects. The background was sad and dull while his subjects burst into the colorful display in the foreground. The leaves and the formation of the petals of his blooms are created on canvas with great detail. Cedric took great pleasure in marrying some of the unique combinations of flowers when he created. In the 1920s, Cedric began to move away from focusing on the taxonomy of the plant and started looking at the environmental part of the plant. By combining abstract elements and natural flowers, the paintings have a sense of movement in their environment. Critics who have studied the work on Cedric have found that he began painting from the top left corner of the canvas and ended his work at the bottom right. With fluid movements and thick paint, he dabs on the canvas with the tip of the brush. The paint is worked to form designs using small and quick brush strokes. The style of the painting suggests that Cedric was anything but whimsical about his paintings, he painted with density and destiny in mind.