The actual Fred Martin Begonia is primarily a peachy light orange toned begonia. I've used other colours to emphasise the shadows in the tones and to try to capture the spirit and energy of the flower rather than its form in any sort of botanical realism. Well, really, I just wanted to make it more colourful ! I did try to keep and overall base feeling of peach tones.
I enjoy painting the begonias in macro style, as the petals are so large and lush they just invite you to delve in and examine them in more minute detail. The close up inspection invites an abstract quality to the lines. Begonias are really beautiful and one of my favourite species of flower.
Sacha Grossel is a practising Visual Artist from Australia.