Painting Kuching in Watercolour

Red Hippeastrum

Posted on: 26/07/2010

The red hippeastrum lily has burst into bloom! This is the smaller variety with the pointy petals.

I painted this on Fabriano 140 lbs hot pressed paper, so I had to use the “wet and wash” technique, that is, wet the area to be painted with plain water and dab the colour on. I started with a glaze of Holbein’s Gamboge Nova, followed by Sap Green and Oxide of Chromium on the leaves and stems, and Cherry Red on the petals. The dark shadows were done with a light wash of Diozaxine Purple. The medium shadows were in Alizarin Crimson and I was very proud of my steady brushwork on the fine thin veins on the petals. BUT THEY BARELY SHOW UP on the scan! It’s that difficult colour RED again!

Fabriano Artistico Bright White 140lbs paper, 9” x 12” with Holbein paints.


1 Response to "Red Hippeastrum"

A most lively intepretation of the lily ! What beautiful reds you you have used I can also see the orange/yellow bits. Dont’ worry i can still see the veins. The stalk looks almost moist. A delicate/sensitive work of art.

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