Hubei Rowan Berries – Bright Pink Berries (Sorbus hupehensis)
It is hard to miss Hubei Rowan Berries, with their bright pink colour. The berries have lovely markings and the bark is an interesting purple/ brown colour. They had to be a part of the Watercolour Sketch Series. The deciduous Hubei Rowan tree is a native of Hubei province, China.
Identifying flora and fauna
It would be great to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of all flora and fauna, but then when would I find the time to paint. Therefore to make it easier, it makes sense to visit a National Garden or Arboretum. Most trees, plants and flowers have labels. Identifying their common name as well as their latin or botanical name. Sometimes a brief description accompanies the name, which saves me some time.
There are some flora and fauna I paint, with no accompanying information. I make lots of notes about the leaf shape, size, colour, the branch structure, the flower or fruit colour, form and any other distinguishing marks. Then when I get back to the studio I start researching, using my reference books and the internet. I will use several sources to confirm the identity of the flora and fauna. Google isn’t always correct.
Hubei Rowan Berries watercolour progress
I mixed three watercolour palettes for the Hubei Rowan Berries, one pink, one orange/ red and one brown mix. First I painted the berries a pale pink wash. I left areas unpainted on the berries, to represent highlights. I slowly build up the layers of pink, adding more pigment to the palette mix.
While the initial washes dry, I start painting the berries stems a pale orange/ pink mix, using two of the palette mixes together. Then I apply more pink watercolour to the Hubei Rowan Berries, adding more pigment to the markings on the berries.
Next I use the brown mix to create shade and definition to the stems. Finally I mixed together the brown and pink mix to create a deep pink tone. I used this mix for painting the underneath stigma remains of the berries.
Hubei Rowan Berries are beautiful pink berries, on display through Autumn.