I do love Irises. I never get tired of painting them. This is a watercolour painting using a fair amount of wet-in-wet. I also dropped water into the paint on the petals to create the highlights. It works a little better if you want to hold onto the stronger values. I then used a mask (tracing paper) to cover everything except the background and finished the painting by spraying a fine layer of white gouache using a very hold soft toothbrush.
I was born in SA during the seventies and enjoyed a colourful childhood. I have always been passionate about painting and drawing and found plenty of stimulating subjects around me. After studying Graphic Design in Durban I worked as a Graphic Artist for various agencies in SA. I finally moved over to the UK in 1997 and have enjoyed many adventures since. My career has been an exciting, versatile one so far and I teach many enthusiastic adults how to paint and draw, as well as demonstrating for art groups in Surrey. I still love to paint outdoors and in my studio. I look forward to many more exciting and rewarding artistic challenges.