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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.
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.
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.
Last I wet the top petal shape and dropped in concentrated color.
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.
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.
Complete- Red Lion Amaryllis
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.