Orange Daylily Hemerocallis fulva – vibrant short life flower
Vibrant Orange Daylily from the garden is todays watercolour sketch. Orange Daylily’s proliferate the garden this year. The Orange Daylily have a beautiful vibrancy and add splashes of colour to a border.
I love the texture and variance of colour within the petals. It’s a flower that draws your attention. Sadly the daylily doesn’t flower long. There are a constant stream of buds emerging, to stop you becoming wistful. In addition the daylily comes in a range of colours, but the orange stands out in the borders.
Orange Daylily on heavy weight watercolour paper
I painted the daylily on my St Cuthberts Mill 200lb Bockingford watercolour pad, it allows me to add lots of water and plenty of layers without cockling. It is important to use good quality materials for painting, it makes a huge difference in the painting you produce. For example the paper is forgiving if you over water. Also the colour mixes remain true and hold well. Having a 200lb watercolour pad means while outdoors I can paint quickly, using lots of watercolour and layers without having to stretch the paper beforehand. I can trust the watercolour paper can handle whatever I splash across it.
Orange Daylily texture in watercolour
Firstly I started with a yellow wash over the petals and leaves. I added two more layers of yellow wash to the centre of the petals and the stamen. I had created three yellow palettes, one to add more yellow pigment as needed. Then one to add blue pigment for creating the green leaves. Finally one to add red pigment for creating the orange petals of the Daylily.
With the Daylily watercolour I’ve tried to show the crinkly texture of the petals, the curve of the stamen filaments and the burst of orange against the long spiky leaves. I used a deeper orange for creating wavy lines along the petals. I also left a lighter edge along the petals, creating a darker line to define the crinkly edges. The Orange Daylily though beautiful does need to be watched, as it’s leafy spikes, while offering a mass of ground cover can become quite invasive.