Monday, July 15, 2019

Sunflowers for ever

As you can see from this photo, the foliage is a huge part of this bouquet (do you say bouquet in English? Bunch sounds like a flimsy bunch of flowers you've bought at the petrol station on the way home)

My next attempt had some promise, but I had to crop it in the end, as the flowers on the left just didn't look right.

For the next one, I decided to depart from direct watercolour, and use watercolour pencils to get started.
And I really like how it worked out, with the flowers bunched up towards the top, and the leaves and stalks taking up most of the page. And I was happier with the colours too. I used a mix with Prussian blue for the leaves (with mostly Hansa Yellow Medium). For the flowers, mostly New Gamboge, some Hansa Yellow Medium, and some Pyrrole Red. And a mix of Carbazole Violet and Transparent Red Oxide for the center of the flowers. My only regret is that I didn't use a larger page. This is about 1/8th Imperial.

I tried one final one afterwards, but I overdid the pencil drawing (graphite, not watecolour - big mistake).

The flowers are now in the bin. So this is the end of this particular deep interest (I was going to say obsession). On the spectrum anyone?


  1. Oh, these are gorgeous..

    1. Thank you Cathy. Next I want to paint them in a really big format, but that will have to wait!!