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A Dialogue Between Lines and Floral Motifs In Painting



A Dialogue Between Lines and Floral Motifs In Painting.


This research was focussed on creating a dialogue between lines and  the  floral  in  painting. Many painters have worked on floral paintings looking at the flower exclusively.

There were also research works done on the floral form but, non to the knowledge of the researcher were in relation to lines as centre of  interest.

The  study aimed at exploring the  interactive role of lines as they affected  the forms and  shapes of  the flower.

While the objectives  were firstly to  illustrate harmonious  coexistence of line on the shape and form of flower, secondly to  create compositions  in which the floral form is fully fused with lines, finally to explore the possibilities of reducing these fused forms into simple lines and geometric forms.

The methodology for this research was practice based, and data for the study was gathered through the processes of observation, photographs and sketches.

Instruments employed for data collection were camera, scanner and the computer. Manipulation of data in the studio led to works being categorized  into two main headings, Exploratory and Developmental categories.

The Exploratory category was further sub divided into two stages, namely Representational  and  Experimental  stages. The Representational stage, focussed on realistic rendition of the floral forms with subdued lines.

While the Experimental stage was directed towards producing works in which lines became dominant while the flowers were transformed into abstract forms, diverse types of media were explored.

The Development category was also divided into three stages namely; “Geometric and Organic lines Infusion”,  “Organic  lines  Infusion” and “Geometric lines Infusion”.

Geometric and Organic lines Infusion, saw a mixture of mechanical and curvy lines used in making Plate XIV, which was simplified to produce three more works in stages.

Organic lines Infusion saw only irregular wavy lines used in creating Plate XVIII, which was progressively simplified into producing other paintings.

Geometric lines infusion, an abstract floral fashioned using horizontal, vertical  and diagonal lines was created, which was also simplified  to  produce three more paintings.

The following findings were discovered; that the use of lines fall into  two  major  categories, line can be used as a means to an end; this is when line is used in its traditional role of bordering objects or as mere brush strokes.

Line can also be used as  an end  in  itself; this is when line is used for its expressive qualities as seen in Mondrian’s and Kandinsky’s works.

Organic lines are more harmonious with the floral forms in realistic rendition compared to Geometric lines. It was also observed that lines were more expressively used in abstract rendition in comparison to realistic rendition.

The researcher recommends that further studies should be carried out to establish if floral can be made to interact further with lines, space and texture.


The term dialogue has been metaphorically employed by painters to explore subjects. An example is Gani Odutokun’s “Dialogue with Mona Lisa”  Fig.19  the  painting represents an African Sculpture and Mona Lisa in a creative exercise.

Dialogue itself is a form of conversation between two or more people as the  Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary and thesaurus states. Lines on the other hand are tools or elements with which the artist employs to realise his form.

There are different types and sizes of lines, which creates the possibility of realising any art form. The dialogue between lines and floral, is a painterly exploration that will expose the possibility of an interaction of the two elements lines and floral, in which both elements have a certain share of prominence  as they affect  each  other

The flower is the reproductive portion of any plant in botanical term, and the word “flower” especially applies when part or all of the reproductive structure is distinctive in colour and form according to Encyclopaedia Britannica.

There are about 230,000 to  270,000 species of flowering plant according to David (2012), presented in different colours, shapes and sizes. The dialogue will expose to  the viewer  the many aspects  of lines using the flower as a medium.


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