Last week I treated myself to a bunch of blue anemones. I think they're my new favourite flowers with their velvety petals and amazing blue colour. I set about trying out colours in quick sketches and discovered that W&N Smalt combined with cobalt violet were perfect, and the granulation of both pigments was beautiful.
Blueberry Fizz - watercolour, 15" x 11"Not for sale
Starting with a simple drawing to guide me, I added some tiny spots of masking to reserve a few highlights and, once that was dry, wet the paper before dropping in colour. Remember the pencil lines were only there to guide me, the wet paper allowed the pigment to spread and soften edges.
I had one more decision to make...... what about the stem? The flower needed some form of support, but the yellow-green stem would have looked incongruous among the blues and violets. I decided to suggest a gently curved stem with a purple wash, hard edged on one side and fading out so there is no edge on the other side. Done!