Painting Kuching in Watercolour

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Posted on: 06/08/2017

I have hardly ever painted roses for the lack of ready live models! I did not have any in my garden because they are difficult to grow here in the tropics, and anyway the rose varieties available for purchase here disappointedly do not have any scent and seems to lack vigour. Why spend money on an expensive plant that will die in this heat sooner or later?

But here at last is a sweetly scented rose grown by my sister in law! It was given to her and we don’t know the rose’s name but it is a very vigorous cultivar. It withstands the tropical heat with strong upright stems, but the leaves and the thorns, though large, are of sparse growth. The scented flowers are up to 3 inches across, three on a stem, of a bright almost neon orange coral shade but the colour is easily bleached by the strong tropical sun. The petals are thick, almost leathery, and the blooms can last up to 4 or 5 days, the bright orange slowly fading to pale coral and white. The first bloom on the stem is always larger with more petals. My sister in law grows it in partial shade, where it only gets direct sun in the morning hours. Can anyone out there identify this wonderful rose? 

Painted with Holbein’s watercolours on the last of my Winsor & Newton cold pressed 140lb papers 14″x 20″.  I used Holbein’s Vermilion, a wonderful red orange and Opera. But with even these two bright colours, I could only approximate the actual rose colour!


The finished – hopefully – picture. I added the fine details like the waterdrops and scratches, fine fibres using tiny amounts of sepia. Titanium white was used for tiny highlights and small corrections to get a clean edge.  So now I will keep this painting out of sight for a bit and come back to it later. Only then will I decide if it needs further work or not! If not, the painting is finished and I will stamp and sign it.

Ornamental Banana 14″ x 20″ Fabiano Artistico Extra White paper, Holbein watercolours


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