transparent watercolor 16" x 20" unframed
Although I had painted a smaller version of the iris blossom a few months ago, I've wanted to challenge myself with a larger format. This finished painting is 12" wide and 16" high –– not enormous, but certainly challenging to someone who usually paints on a 7" x 10" or 9" x 12" watercolor block.
Often, I can complete two smaller paintings on a "good" day –– but this painting demanded an estimated 25 hours of work, counting from the initial pencil sketch to the addition of my signature in the left-hand corner.
The biggest hurdle was the background –– I didn't want the blossom floating against a stark black background, but I wanted to avoid having the background "take over" the painting. Using a subdued, mottled green and adding the "spiky" foliage that is characteristic of iris plants, felt like the right combination of features to highlight to blossom and yet to give it a context.
Once the painting is framed, it will travel to Cape Cod, where I hope it will be juried into a show there.... stay tuned!