These lovely flowers continue to draw me with their beautiful colours and markings, and so much praise must go to Clay Perry who photographs them with a truly magical approach. The photo used as source material for this painting comes from the book simply called 'Iris' by Claire Austin, in which Clay has produced all the photographs.
I reverted back to a previous way of painting, by doing the drawing and painting the flower first and adding the background later. I am not sure why I did this, but regret it in that the painting immediately tightened up. Something I have been trying to avoid recently.
I am sorry there are no 'stages' to share with you, but for some reason the photos got deleted from the camera card! The vagaries of modern technology or just my incompetence!
Fabriano Extra White 'Rough' paper
Watercolour with Acrylic Gouache
28cm x 38cm
As a complete contrast, this week's subject at Avon Valley Artist's Group was 'Sweets and Cakes'
Great fun to do as it enabled me to use pure colour and some of the pigments in my palette that I do not get to use too often. I wish I had remembered to take my Indian Ink with me as I would have liked the background to be really black. There is time for me to go over it as I will not be framing it, but it might find its way into the bargain browser in the exhibition!