Friday, 3 June 2011


After creating my iris and hibiscus watercolours on Lana Vanguard, I found I still had two further frames to match, though bigger at 20"x 24". So I got down to working on one of these last week and here is the start of my THREE FUCHSIA work.

I must have been mad because I drew it in with my LAMY PEN with Noodlers Lexington Grey ink but before I started adding watercolour washes I rubbed the lines with a soft cloth which made them blury and light. Nothing like experimenting as you go along!!

This is the finished piece, from which you can see I added background colour. I decided this because of the white sepals, but at the end I added black permanent marker pen to bring out some of the shapes - and I could have left the background white to match my earlier works after all!! Ah well such is art when you work my way by making decisions as the work develops rather than have any preconceived ideas.

Here is a close up of one of the finished flowers, so you can see how the watercolouor re-acts to Lana Vanguard.

Originally I had planned to do a strelizia, then had ideas about tulips and then poppies and finally when I got the Lana Vanguard sheet out the thought of fairy like fuchsia flowers just overwhelmed me. Wonder what the one to match will be!??


Brian said...

love the watercolors.

cathyswatercolors said...

Hi Joan, really fantastic paintings. The addition of the ink makes it less contrived, don't you think. The unfinished painting is wonderful too. Love the colors and stamins Fairy like indeed!

Barb Sailor said...

Exquisite, Joan! So delicate and beautiful.

Lina-Paola said...

Flowers in itself are very delicate and gentle. However, I really liked the way you started it off, and that was great that you experimented, I never thought of using a cloth either.... Came out good!