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Red Lion Amaryllis

It’s March! Though a winter storm is once again on its way to my part of the world, thoughts turn to the end of a cold winter and the promise of springtime. I am an avid gardener; outside in season, inside during the winter. The brilliant blooms of the amaryllis bulb allow an eye feast in February.  I save the bulbs from year to year, greeting each new season’s flowers like the old friends they are. Capturing the fragile petals with their iridescent colors with my paints is a challenge I enjoy attempting.

Painting a close up view of the flowers seems to be easier for me than composing a whole bouquet.

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First I made a sketch in light yellow pencil, then painted in the underneath petals. After blocking in basic color area I load the brush up with intense pigment, and drop it into the wet surfaces. Sketching in yellow pencil allows me to avoid dealing with dark pencil lines later.

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After the first petals dried I wet the overlapping petals and dropped in color. This allowed the shapes on the under petals to show through.

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Last I wet the top petal shape and dropped in concentrated color.

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After the petals dried I went back to the under petals and wet them again, then added more color. This glazing, or layering of color allows watercolor paint to really glow- the key to glazing is to apply layers with really clean paint and water without over working the surface.

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Now to work on the pistol and stamens. With a damp brush I removed the color from the paper, a little at a time. When dry I will paint them in.

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Complete- Red Lion Amaryllis
watercolor
12 x 9 inches, original for sale

Painting a close- up watercolor of a flower causes me to really look and see. Studying nature’s wonderful forms and structures brings discoveries and knowledge. This lights up my life!

A shout out to my friend, Sarah, at http://firstnightdesign.wordpress.com/– for her talent and friendship over the years-

Check out her beautiful and imaginative work.

Have yourself a great day and week to come.

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