Iris, watercolour


I was given some iris flowers from a friend and last night managed a watercolour before they died… just a few flowers and buds left but enough to capture their “personality”. The big, soft, droopy petals make me think of dogs’ ears…. only more colourful. I have “manufactured” my own colour combinations, as is permitted of an artist if not working rigidly in a botanical illustration manner. However, no one would doubt these are iris. I do hope you agree that I have captured the essence of the elegant, garden favourites.

I did a little light, compositional drawing, but primarily employed freehand painting in a brush painting style on a very unforgiving, smooth, lightweight (120 gsm) Fabriano drawing paper. Challenging, but what a fresh finish it yields.I deliberately chose the paper to ensure I did not go back and “fix” anything…. no overpainting as the soft surface cannot handle that.

I do so love the brush painting style, with the variation of pressure and pulling a twisting a multi-loaded soft brush across the paper surface. Pure meditation!

Iris, watercolour

Iris, watercolour

Spring Blooms watercolour


Daffodils are peering out. Daphne sending its scent through the garden. Camellias with full heads coming in quick succession now. The promise of spring…… only a couple of weeks away. Then searching my files for something else I came across this photo of a previous commission…. “spring collection”. Watercolour,spring collection watercolour painted in a free style with no preliminary drawing. Reflective of the free (and a tad untidy, admittedly) nature of our garden. I can feel more flower paintings wanting to be “born”.