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Watercolors of Irises

Deb wrote:

"I've begun a drawing of an iris but before I get much farther I'll need
permission of the gardener. I think this one came from Margot's  Gardens. If
not, I may need to change the color and a bit of the shape, but it's

My search for a flower began when I was looking for a large, watercolor painting
or print for our formal entry. We have a high 20 foot ceiling and it needed to
be dramatic, but I didn't want to lose the elegance of the flower by reaching
for drama. Everything I saw seemed to be very harsh or not realistic, and after
extensive searching I decided to do one myself. It'll take several studies
before I'm ready to go to canvas, but I adore the lacy, variegated leaves, and
the delicacy if the entire blossom."

Tom here;
I spent a lovely afternoon yesterday at the home of Marie Caillet who was the
Editor of "Louisiana Irises".  She has an iris named for her that you can see at
http://hometown.aol.com/bigalligator/myhomepage/garden.html.  You will see that
it is bright purple and yellow.  I asked her about it and she showed me a
beautiful watercolor of it that had been done some years before.  To my surprise
it was all pink!  I told her I thought it was purple and yellow and she said
that it used to be but the colors fade.

When I saw Deb's post this morning, it got me wondering about maintaining true
colors in a watercolor.  I know sunlight will fade the colors, but Marie had it
in an interior room.  Could it be that just certain colors fade?  That might be
an important consideration for Deb.



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