Deep Pink Hellebore – drawing and painting with just a brush
My sketch today is a Deep Pink Hellebore flowerhead. I’ve painted the deep pink Hellebore in the sunlight in the garden. In my watercolour painting I’ve included all the sharp shadows. I’ve used a dark purple tone for the shaded areas, as well as trying to capture the deep pink tones, with tinges of red.
I didn’t do a pencil outline, but just decided to use my watercolours straight away and use the brush as my guide. First I mixed the colours I needed in the studio for ease, starting with weak washes. I added more pigment as I painted.
Deep Pink Hellebore outdoor makeshift painting equipment
Then I sat on my old collapsable wooden artist chair in the sunlit garden. It’s an old chair for plein air painting. I don’t know how the previous owner (an artist) managed, because compared to what’s available today, it is quite heavy. I generally use the chair in the garden. When I’m out walking and painting I’ll either sit on the ground or balance my sketch book across my knee. I created a makeshift table to balance my palettes on (upturned plant pot with old roof tile).
Then I quickly painted my first impressions of the deep pink Hellebore. I think if you’re too apprehensive with the first brushstrokes, you’ll loose the flowing lines of the petals. Then I sat observing the pink hellebore, while letting the first washes dry. I added a few more layers, each time leaving each layer to dry before passing the next. The layers soon dried in the warm sun. A dark purple wash outlined the yellow stamens. Finally I applied the darker tones of purple and red. I like the overall effect of light and dark