Pink Taffeta Iris – watercolour
Gorgeous, ruffled Pink Taffeta Iris is todays watercolour sketch. I had no idea this pretty pink Iris was called Taffeta, when I painted it. The name describes it perfectly, silk smooth falls, swirling and descending with crinkled edges. Delicate colouring, that can have impact when grown in groups.
Pink Taffeta Iris watercolour process
First I created a simple pencil outline sketch, to create the shape of the falls. I focus on the simple shape of the flower and not fuss on the detail for a watercolour sketch. It is important to make sure the initial drawing has captured the movement of the falls.
Then I mix my colours for painting. I prefer to create individual palettes of colour, this keeps the colours clean. There are four watercolour mixes for this Pink Taffeta Iris watercolour. A dark green mix, a pink orange mix, a pink mix and a black mix.
I used two watercolour brushes, one for the initial pale pink washes on the falls. As the layers dried I’d add another layer, each time leaving areas to represent the light shining on the falls. Then I used the smaller brush to create definition to the curling of the falls. Then I used the pink/ orange mix to create the beards. It’s a hard colour to describe as it’s not pink and not red.
Watercolour sketch shading
For a watercolour sketch I generally use a pale black mix to define shading within a flower. It instantly adds shade where you need it. For a larger scale watercolour painting I would keep adding layers of the flowers colour for shade definition. If you study shade and shadows you discover that they are rarely black. Though there are times when shadows can seem very black. Again it is all about observing.