Hello again... A sweet SCSer - Kiko! - suggested that the uploads don't have to be cards, so I thought I'd show you guys the painting on which our Flourishes Siberian Iris stamp is based.
I painted this Iris several years ago for a garden catalog, Klehm's Song Sparrow--you gotta check 'em out: http://www.songsparrow.com
The painting is of a cultivar called 'Butter and Sugar', hybridized by Currier McEwen. It was the first yellow Siberian ever created - and dear old Currier lived to be over 100.
For my originals I use a mixture of Winsor Newton gouache and watercolors, pure sable brushes in the finest points I can get, and love Aquarelle Arches hot pressed watercolor paper.
Hope you enjoy it, and can get a feel for the kind of painting I like to do... building up lots of washy layers, and then hammering it home with some DEEP colors for the veins and shadow areas. :) Thanks for looking!!
Date: Friday, July 11, 2008 GMT Views: 795
Registered: January 31, 2005 Location: Longview Texas Posts: 201
Fri, Jul 11, 2008 @ 9:42 AM
OMG....this is exquisite. Iris is my most favorite flower and this one is just heavenly. You are obviously extremely talented. Lovely....just lovely. Thanks for sharing.
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Registered: January 29, 2006 Location: Bristol, VA Posts: 3083
Fri, Jul 11, 2008 @ 3:12 PM
I just love knowing the history of how this became Flourishes' Siberian Iris. This is absolutely lovely, Marcella. Thanks so much for sharing some of your work here. It's great to have such a wonderful full-color picture of the original for inspiration.
Registered: May 15, 2005 Location: Arlington, Washington Posts: 29840
Fri, Jul 11, 2008 @ 5:00 PM
I am always looking for just the right watercolor paper,thanks so much for sharing.
I have lots of sable brushes. never thought of useing them for the cards... thanks for that idea too.
these soft yellows on this iris... WOW!!!!
this will be a timeless image for sure..
anxious for your next post!!
Registered: April 20, 2006 Location: Michigan's Upper Peninsula Posts: 34723
Sat, Jul 12, 2008 @ 8:11 AM
So beautiful, Marcella. You are so, so talented and we are so pleased to have you drawing images for Flourishes! What beautiful watercoloring and what fabulous inspiration for all of us as we work with the Siberian Iris stamp --thank you so much!!!