Friday, September 27, 2013

Bearded Iris

I started this painting of a bearded iris several years ago and left it unfinished in my closet.  I decided to pull it out the other day and finish it.  I had the flower done but it was just floating there on the center of the white paper.  I put in the stem rather quickly, no problem, but what to do about the background?  Plain white seemed boring.  I decided it needed to make a bold statement with lots of color.  I drew and painted in a few surrounding leaves but it still needed more.  In the end I decided to fill the foreground with leaves just as you would see in a garden but I wanted the background totally different.  I decided it needed to be big and bold and DARK!  I wet the back of the paper quite liberally and let is soak a bit and then laid the wet back onto my gator board letting it stick to the board.  I then wet the white areas of the background with clean water and laid in the blues and purple found in the flower and the leaves. I wanted the background to really contrast with the white portion of the flower.  The reason I wet the front and back of the paper before laying in the color was because I new it was too much area to cover quickly because I had to work around the white shapes and the tips of the leaves.  Pre-wetting it gave me more time to work because the paper held the moisture longer (tip I learned from my artist friend Pattie Foxhoven - thanks Pattie!).


"Bearded Iris"
15" x 22"
Watercolor on 140# Arches

1 comment:

Cath.H.C Photography said...

c'est magnifique! vraiment!