Sarcococca watercolour (Sweet Box)
Sarcococca is a glossy evergreen shrub. It has interesting creamy white, pink flowers, strong waxy, shiny leaves and best of all a gorgeous sweet scent. The air is filled with the scent, no need to get up close. I thought it was quite an interesting shrub and makes a change from the usual evergreen box hedging you see. Therefore I had to paint it as part of the Watercolour Sketch Series.
I created three palette mixes for the Sarcococca, a yellow, a pink and a pale yellow green mix. I used the bigger brush to paint the first yellow washes across the underside and main vein of the leaves. Then I made the yellow mix weaker (barely any pigment) and used the mix to paint the flower petals. This gave the petals a creamy colouring.
Next I used the yellow green mix to paint the underside of the leaves. I had observed the leaves appear more yellow in tone on the underside. I added a few layers of the yellow green watercolour mix.
Then I made the green mix a darker green. I used a weak mix of the darker green to paint the initial washes on the leaves. Once the first layers had dried I painted a stronger mix of the dark green on the leaves, leaving areas to act as highlights on the shiny leaves.
Finally I used the smaller brush with the pink mix to paint the tips and the bases of the petals. I then made the pink and stronger mix, almost red in hue and painted this colour on the base of the petals.
Last of all I used the dark green to paint a line of definition on the veins of the leaves, highlighting their glossiness.