Peony in Watercolour
Whenever I paint peony flowers I always think of my time studying Asian brushwork in China. However my style has changed so much from when I was studying Chinese brushwork under a Shanghainese master. Now I depend strongly on colour and water flow to create my subjects.
Today I have glorious bright red peony in a vase in my studio. They were knocked down in my garden by Bailey, my over enthusiastic Bearded Collie. Even so every negative has a positive. As these flowers were on very short stems I placed them in a small vase and realised they could be wonderful to paint. And what an experience today was. Allowing red shades to merge with water on paper, to create fantastic pattern effects. Then merging a few green shades amongst the reds gave an illusion of foliage. Sheer bliss!
Peony "water marks" on my easel
My main problem is that I am a complete watercolour addict. I have had such a great time experimenting with these flowers as subjects that I now want to take a huge piece of paper and see what happens on that next!
Life is great when you are in love with watercolour.
And I am!