Painting Kuching in Watercolour

Opera and Rose Violet

Posted on: 14/12/2010

This cattleya hybrid in my friend’s garden just screams out to be painted! Look at the fantastic twisted petals and little ruffles.

And I had the perfect colours in my paintbox – Holbein’s Opera and Rose Violet! I also used mixtures of Permanent Violet, Gamboge Nova and Peacock Blue for the leaves and shadows. It’s no wonder Opera is such a popular colour. It’s mixes well, flows smoothly and very forgiving because it’s easy to lift off mistakes. I am framing this watercolour and putting in a well lighted spot to see how fast it fades. I read that Opera is fugitive colour but how fugitive is that?

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1 Response to "Opera and Rose Violet"

Glorious copy of Nature!

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E.LIM


A rank amateur self-taught watercolour artist

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