Winter Jasmine – watercolour (Jasminum nudiflorum)
Winter Jasmine is a very reliable plant. Every year it grows up the sandstone wall of the garden store. It doesn’t need any encouragement, it just carries on growing and flowering, regardless of the cold weather. It is a gorgeous bit of bright yellow colour, through the winter months. There is one thing though, unlike other Jasmines, it lacks a scent.
Painting Winter Jasmine
I used one paintbrush to paint the Winter Jasmine. First I applied a pale yellow wash to the yellow star flowers. I also painted the emerging buds with the yellow wash. While the wash dried I painted the first green wash of the stems. I used a pale yellow/ green mix. I had noticed the tiny green leaves around the buds seemed more yellow in tone than the stems.
I painted another layer of yellow wash on the Winter Jasmine petals. Next I used a pink watercolour mix to paint areas of the buds. I observed the yellow buds start out pink and green and eventually the pink becomes more a yellow bud.
Then I added a stronger yellow wash to areas of the petals and to the central part of the flower. This gave the petals definition and shape. Next I painted the stems with the yellow/ green mix. Then I made the green watercolour mix into a blue/ green hue. I applied this blue/ green tone to the stems.
Finally I used the blue/ green mix to paint a stronger line on the edge of the stems. Then last of all I used a black mix, to mix into the yellow palette, to create a darker tone of yellow. I used this darker wash to paint the edges of the yellow star shaped petals.