Friday positivity.

Yes there is good news this week!

I am delighted to announce that three of my botanical art pieces have been selected for the Society of Botanical Artists exhibition at London’s Mall Galleries from June 5th.

I will provide more info on the exhibition nearer the time. Currently it is my intention to be personally there on June 5th only as I fly in from Montreal the day before and will be in London anyway.

This is the first time I have ever formally submitted work for any exhibition. To have work accepted for such a prestigious one is a real honour. And it helps ease my (typical) concerns that I might not be up to working at a professional level.

On another note, I have had test prints back this week (including two of the exhibition works) and am fairly happy with them so hope to have some for sale very soon.

As it is Friday you can also have some pretty flower pics from the garden over the last two weeks๐Ÿ˜Š.

Have a great weekend!

Anemone coronaria
Pulsatilla vernalis

Lapeirousia jacquinii
Iris nusairiensis
Fritillaria stenanthera
Iris reticulata White Caucasus
Iris wilmottiana
Muscari macrocarpum
Iris aucheri Olof


  1. Congratulations, Darren! You are such an inspiration! We will celebrate the days before and I wish we could follow you back to London. These flowers are gorgeous, I especially love the Iris nusairiensis. ๐Ÿ’•๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒผ๐ŸŒŸ

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    1. Thank you my friend. You and our other WP buddies will be with me in spirit. I owe a lot to you for helping keep me happy whilst doing those drawings. The Iris nusairiensis is a particular favourite of mine. ๐Ÿ’•โค๏ธ

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  2. I am so proud of you! Not only because you are one of the finest artists I’ve ever seen, but also because you actually did this while living with depression. That takes a strong constitution! Sending hugs of pride and love! ๐Ÿค—โค๏ธ

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  3. Love the red anenome! I don’t know how you could even think your work was not up to ‘standard’! Congratulations – this is a real milestone. I wish I could be there in June! Montreal, eh? Hope Australia is still on the cards!

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    1. Thank you! Artists are always the biggest critics of their own work! I am sure you are the same with your writing. Yes, the return trip to Montreal has been on the cards since the last time and I expect it to be a regular thing. Australia is still likely too.

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    1. Thank you so much Ali!๐Ÿ˜. Yes, I am very happy about it. The three pieces they chose were not the three I would have expected but I am not complaining. Importantly it gives my work a public airing.

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        1. I’d love too but my brain has forgotten how to stop. I recall the evenings I would have a glass of wine and just sit in the dark with music playing. Not sure I could do that any more without getting restless.

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  4. Congrats Darren! You already know how happy I am for you. Such a prestigious exhibition. That’s proof YOUR ARTWORK is at a professional level. You should stop having so much doubts. Your drawings are so gorgeous. If I could I would buy all your pieces. You are so inspiring my friend. Can’t wait to see you again. Hugs.

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    1. You have always been so supportive my friend. Thank you. Whilst I am looking forward to the exhibition I know I will also be a little sad because my trip to Montreal will be over. At least until next time๐Ÿ˜‰. Hugs right back to you!

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  5. That’s fantastic news, Darren! Many congratulations!!! ๐Ÿ˜„ I knew you had it in you, you’re one awesome artist. ๐Ÿ˜„
    Thanks for the flowers, they always brighten day. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’•

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