Here I have started to add watercolour paint. I always paint the whole picture with the palest colours first, it helps to define where everything is in the painting especially if it is quite complicated. I applied midnight green and neutral tint for the background using a no.2 brush. With the tulips I used a pale wash of quinacridone magenta and naples yellow for the stamens.
Next week I will build up the intensity of the colours.
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.”