Amaryllis Flower

Sharing another flower study. The inspiration for this is the cover of Billy Showell’s Watercolor Flower Portraits.

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Remember the post where I shared my husband’s challenge before he says yes to an online class? Just to refresh you, a few months ago my husband challenged me to copy/duplicate the flowers from Ms. Showell’s book (my beloved watercolor book) and from there we would both assess if I still need a watercolor class. Well, if you will ask me, I would really love to enroll in an online class specifically of Anna Mason’s. It will hasten the learning process and answer some of my questions through demo return demo. Have I share with you that my learning skills is at its best if it is demonstrated and returned demonstrated? I discovered that during my first year of nursing school. But not to digress, enrolling in an online class is out of the budget as of now thus the challenge.

I worked and made changes on my version of the amaryllis flowers for days since I do not want to waste paper and do not want to mess up coloring. One flower at a time I told myself and this was what I came up with.

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Amaryllis Flowers Β in watercolor in a Β Daler Rowney Aquafine 140lb 11.7 x 8.3 inches

Here were my curve balls:

  • color mixing
  • when to put dark colors
  • to lift colors for high lights or put lift on the second wash and show the color underneath to act as high lights
  • sketching limitations

I think I have the same curve balls since I started studying flowers and coloring them with watercolors. I am limited by my palette but I tremendously enjoyed mixing colors on the fly. The trial and error did not seem to be intimidating anymore. Putting the darkest shades will always be a problem because I am still not used to seeing things in 3D. Its a long process and it will really take long since I study on my own. Deciding how to do high lights is another long learning process because mostly I do not see them or ignore seeing them. And of course, my insecurity with sketching perfectly. Being a perfectionist is difficult to let go but slowly and surely I have been winning the battle.

In conclusion, I am very pleased with how my version turned out. It may lack the oomph in color (but that’s just between you and me, right? πŸ™‚ ) and a few other small details but it is still a thing of beauty. Also,Β I’m happy to be learning and discovering my own proper plan of attack on a reference photo.

For my next flower subject, I decided not to select from Ms. Showell’s book anymore. Looking at and studying watercolored subjects will not help me progress as I will only aim to copy everything precisely and feel frustrated if I won’t be able to do so. Thus, going back to using real photos as reference was the best way as far as I’m concerned.

Happy Friday dear friends! Enjoy the weekend!

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14 thoughts on “Amaryllis Flower

    • Thank you for the vote of confidence, Larisa. ❀ πŸ™‚ I may not get the results I have in mind right now but the results I am getting are growing on me. That's a great start, I think. πŸ™‚

  1. That is a beautiful painting of an amaryllis! I think you copy very well Carrie. If you wanted an exact copy you could take a photograph. πŸ™‚ Your amaryllis looks like an amaryllis and that, I think, is very good! [I can’t draw flowers for the life of me!!] I think one of the things about painting is that our pieces are all very personal, they hold a little bit of us. The thing that frees us, as I am busy working on right now, is getting those techniques sorted. [Though I wonder if we ever feel we get everything ‘right’?] When the techniques are sorted then we can really paint something and it will be our painting, not a copy of someone else’s. Hope that makes sense to you. I think your ability to draw and colour flowers is fabulous, perhaps you might consider drawing from real life – you would present ‘flowers as Carrie sees them’. πŸ™‚

    • Oh Pauline, you said the perfect words of what is in my heart. Everything you said made sense to me. Thank you for believing and supporting me on this journey. I will try to draw from life as there are very few flowers around me and around neighbors too. I will go back to drawing from photographs for the meantime. Sorting the techniques is what makes the journey difficult but still very exciting. There were times I wanted to quit but no it will not happen. I’ve already invested a lot and discovered a lot of myself in this journey to quit. πŸ™‚

  2. I think your painting is lovely. I especially like your work on that large bloom. I’m not great at pulling out highlights either. I tend to leave the white paper to act as the highlight but need to work with pulling colour out and allowing soft, subtle glazes.

    • Thank you! In Billy’s book she explained how to create high lights by lifting color from the previous wash before it dries. I applied that here but never got the result. Maybe more practice is needed. Leaving white space is another thing very difficult for me to keep in mind. I tend to put color onto the whole space I am coloring. Maybe it will improve with practice too. πŸ™‚

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