The crocuses are starting to make an appearance - randomly peeping through the grass around garden - they have naturalised and bring little buds of colour to an otherwise earthy, green outdoor space.
This little botanical painting of a single crocus, just starting to come out of its bud, focused attention on the silvery stem and undersides of the petals, which often go unnoticed against the more vivid colours of the flower.
It was painted on bristol board paper using Winsor and Newton paints and ink - it was quite lightweight paper, so wasn't the most suitable art paper for a watercolour painting, as it didn't allow for any mistakes and very little water could be applied before the paper buckled.
But then, this paper was the first one out of the drawer - it was only selected to quickly capture the little flower that had been broken and wouldn't last long before wilting into a soft heap.
|Botanical study in watercolour and ink : crocus (purple).|
Having painted this, the next stage might be to paint and draw further crocuses to train the eye to follow its form - quite often, a leaf or petal takes an unexpected curve and it is only by actually studying the flower that this becomes noticed.
As a quick study, this makes a pretty snapshot of the flower and provides useful resource paintings for compositions.