Pink Winter Currant Ribes Sanguineum
Pink Winter Currant is the subject for my watercolour sketch for today. Now the Pink Winter Currant actually grows in the hedge and it is a wonderful splash of colour amongst the Hawthorn. I love to see the little flowerheads emerge from the grape shaped buds. It’s a beautiful splash of pink in the garden, after the winter months.
The Pink Winter Currant has a very fragrant scent, which is surprising considering the size of the flowerhead. I think the plant has been in the garden a long time, as the hedge is very old. I looked for it in garden centres, but never found it. . After a bit of research on the internet, I finally discovered its name and that it originates from Western Coastal North America.
Pink Winter Currant and Shropshire weather
This watercolour proved challenging today and all because of the Shropshire weather. First thing this morning there was a light breeze. It was cloudy but felt quite bright, so I got my painting gear together and set up by the Pink Winter Currant. As I applied the first watercolour washes I felt a few drops of rain. Watercolours and rain are not a great combination. I managed to find a large umbrella in the garden store. So while balancing the sketchbook on my lap and wrapping my arm around the umbrella, I proceeded to paint. I hoped it was a light passing shower…..
I managed to ignore the rain and kept painting, huddled under the umbrella. Meanwhile the rain increased and the wind picked up. I don’t give in easily, but when the umbrella was whipped up out of my arms, I grabbed the painting first. I ran to the studio and left the chair, makeshift table, palettes and umbrella. Needless to say howling winds and driving rain are hitting the studio now.
So the calm image of the Pink Winter Currant above, shows the palettes I remixed. I persevered because I wanted to capture the flower before all the buds had opened. I like the contrast between the flowers emerging and the grape like buds clustered together. Regardless of the weather I finally got to paint the Pink Winter Currant.