Original Painting by John Dyer. Chatting with Alan Titchmarsh. BBC Gardeners' World Live.
"This is one of my most unusual paintings. I painted it during my residency for BBC Gardeners' World Live while talking to Alan Titchmarsh in front of an audience of around 400 people! My aim was to allow the TV cameras to see the creative process as I captured the essence of the event & Alan himself on the main stage. I love the sunflowers and all the people. A great experience & fun painting."
John Dyer: In the 1950s simple neutral frames became popular for St Ives artists. John chooses an off-white so the lightest tones appear in the painting. The moulding is a variation of 'Salvator Rosa' from Italy. Hand finished in almond white paint.
Artist John Dyer was invited by BBC Gardeners' World Live to be the artist in residence for the 2004 exhibition. John spent several days working on site on a series of new paintings exploring the essence of this spectacular garden show. John painted many of the show gardens and the RHS floral marquee. John also spoke live to an audience with Alan Titchmarsh about his work and his interest in painting and plants. This painting was painted live in front of an audience while John and Alan discussed painting and planting.
Above: John at work on 'Chatting with Alan'
Above: John was filmed by many journalists and TV crews during the residency and greeted with great enthusiasm from the crowds of gardeners visiting the show.
Above: Alan Titchmarsh and John Dyer held a joint presentation and chat on 'Planting and Painting' for a live audience of several hundred during the event.