I could not resist starting the raindrops, I probably should have finished the washes on the leaves first, but I did not want to wait any longer. The foreground leaf is finished and I am just lifting areas on the leaf behind.This is my favourite part of the painting.
I have just started laying green washes down, increasing the intensity of the colour as I keep adding more washes. When I am happy with the tonal values I will add the raindrops. At this stage I am always impatient and want to be painting the raindrops.
Sarah is a Wirral-based artist. She studied botanical art with the Society of Botanical Artists and was made a full member in 2014.
She has written a number of magazine articles that have appeared in publications, including International Artist, Leisure Painter, Paint, and The World of Watercolour.
Sarah exhibits locally on the Wirral and with the SBA in London and Frankfurt.
She has won several awards including the St Cuthberts Mill Award and the Margaret Granger Award with the SBA, and the Schmincke Award with the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours.
Sarah is also a member of Irby Artists' Association, Wirral Society of Arts, North Wales Society of Fine Art and Grosvenor Art Society.
“I strive for representative and realistic images. I believe art should have the power to transform the commonplace into the exceptional. I look for beauty in the simplest subjects: foliage, grasses and raindrops.”