Getting into the mood for Irises…

Was working on two iris paintings yesterday, one was a sketch to get back into the mood for irises and to remind myself of their quirky shapes and forms.  I have a sizeable collection of photos that I’ve taken in the garden over the years.  Some years have been better than others and our garden didn’t yield this year.

I use the Cayeux irises catalogues for invaluable reference ( for which I have permission.

So here is yesterday’s work…

This one is called Aurelie.

There’s a way to go on this one of the apricot coloured irises.  I painted some of this at a demo I did for Keyworth art club last week.  The jury is still out on the composition.  I have made the right hand iris very blurred using wet in wet washes in an attempt to stop it competing with the left hand dominant flower.

Today I will work on the biggest foreground flower to make it stand out and see where that will take us.

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