Monday, 18 February 2013


Winter still has a firm grasp on poor old Blighty, with many places still covered in snow. Out in the garden, the daffodils are sprouting and little signs of spring are appearing daily. Hopefully it will stop raining here and start brightening up so we can start work on our new 'Big Project', (more news on that later). Over the weekend, we actually saw some sunshine! Blimey, it feels like ages.
The iris is nearly there, with a cornucopia of greens and purples giving a certain 'zest' to the overall look. The greens were quite tricky with acidy, pale mixes having to sit happily next to darker, richer shades. Lots of Cerulean and Lemon Yellow was needed but on their own looked too fake, a bit of Raw Sienna knocks back the brightness and with a very light mix gives just the right amount. Building up the layers slowly prevents too much going on in one go and I like to judge the depth of colour once everything is dry. Colours always look different when dry. When mixing shades, I do a little 'test patch' which is allowed to dry when I can tell if it is right for the job.
What's in the palette?
Purples and greens.
Lots of cerulean, indanthrene blue and lemon yellow here.

And on the leaves

Graphite is being used for the dissections so a whole range of grades will be needed. A good sharp point and gentle circular movement prevents the 'colour' going too fuzzy. Using pencil is quite therapeutic, but like the brushwork I need to take care not to go OTT.   

Graphite longitudinal dissection



Claire said...

Can't wait to see it finished Jarnie, I also did an Iris reticulata for the diploma. :)

Sketchbook Squirrel said...

Had a real tangle with this one, then spotted a pot of iris in Waitrose. Had to be done! x

Jessica Rosemary Shepherd said...

Love the pencil with the watercolour - looks so elegant doesn't it?!

Sketchbook Squirrel said...

For assignment 9 I painted the dissections in colour and it didn't look right. Much happier with this one.