Watercolour No 9 – Iris foetidus
Regular visitors to my blog will know that I go to an art class which is called ‘Botanical Illustration’. However, this title is a little loose as during the 18 month I have ben going there have been pictures of chickens, squirrels, a bird of prey and a tiger!! Our tutor is very laid back, his attitude is that it is our class and he is there to help. But the one over-riding thing is that we all use watercolours.
I think I am not blowing my own trumpet too much when I say I can draw, I have always been good at copying things. I have used pastels and I am used to doing big pictures but watercolours has always appealed as I suppose it is the complete opposite to pastels. You have to be neat, tidy, and generally things are more precise and on a smaller scale – none of these are my fortai!!
I think this tutor is the best one I have had. He is excellent at assessing your strengths and helping you improve bit by bit instead of finding lots of faults and undermining your confidence. I feel that I have slowly and surely improved over the last 18 months. He has shown me how to do fine lines, how to blend colours and how, more importantly, to mix colours with a limited colour pallette.
I have made particular friends with two of the other women that go and I think we are the naughty part of the class and we suspect the tutor dispairs when he gets to us and this really makes the class for me.
At the top of this post is my latest effort which I am thrilled with – there was no way I could have done this 18 months ago. I could have drawn it and probably coloured it with pencils or pastels but I would have had no idea how to do it with watercolour and to be honest I wouldnt even consider giving it a go. I may even frame this one.
Next is another Iris. This time a close up of an Iris sibirica flower head from my garden; lots of lush blues and purples. I may have it finished by Easter but maybe not!!