Garden watercolour warm-up sketch

The UK has waited so long for the spring to arrive & now it has it’s almost time for summer. I wait every year for these magnificent irises to open, checking their progress every day. Now they’re open & displaying their splendour in the sunlight!

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There are two types of bearded iris in the garden, but these blue ones are always the first to flower.

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Here is my work station set up. I now just have to avoid getting grass clippings mixed in with the paints – not a good effect!

Irises 052I first used a water soluble fine liner to mark out my drawing – trying to keep the marks loose & fluid. A little oil pastel resist was added for the stamens. Then I began to soften the lines of the drawing using plain water & very dilute paint.

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Finally, I got to my favourite part – the soft, overblown flowers themselves. I just feel that watercolour is so sympathetic to this subject – the way the colours run & bleed into one another perfectly reflecting the soft blousiness of the blooms.

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3 Responses to Garden watercolour warm-up sketch

  1. Janet Higgins says:

    Really beautiful! Your use of watercolours is perfect for that subject. Very fresh and immediate.

  2. gemblina says:

    Wow! These are beautiful! 🙂
    Painting certainly soothes the soul.

  3. maeve315@msn.com says:

    Such a lovely watercolor, beautiful!

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