No, no, no - I don't want to offend the Irises of the world! It's their addictive beauty that caught my fancy since I saw the first ever. I once tried to paint a few on a really large sheet of paper and (Heavens forgive me!) even framed it as a gift. I couldn't look at a picture of an iris for a while thereafter - every time I did, I felt as if faced with rightful indignance.
However, it's hard to resist the ladylike soft charms of an Iris in full bloom. I downloaded pictures and painting of irises by the dozen and finally chose two from this treasure-chest for a painting that I never new I'd imagined. It had to be two queens dancing asplendour and dressed in colours that contrasted each other, but did not desire to overshadow.
The process was a lesson with many sub-chapters on water colour painting. To count on my fingertips, I learnt...
- How much water to use while blending.
- How to blend colour with the white of the paper.
- How colours seem different when they dry up and therefore what degree of dilution is required for a certain desired tonal variation.
And how easy it is to skip a bath when you're drenching paper in colour!