Marybeth Heikes

Paintings in Watercolor & Mixed Media

Purple Velvet Irises

Purple Velvet Irises


Inspired by the vivid colors and curled shapes of the iris petals, I began by drawing these beauties from life. Most of the irises in my garden are either bronze-colored or variegated lavender and yellow, but I used artistic license for these — using a variety of blue and red pigments, and allowing the colors to blend on the wet paper. Working wet-in-wet gives the flowers a soft feeling.

I combined a couple sketches when designing the irises on my watercolor paper. This drawing is the foundation for all my designs. The background is a combination of warm & cool greens, the complementary color of the irises.

Posted in Stunning Still Lifes on April 27, 2023.

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Original 15″ × 22″

Frosted walnut metal frame (20" x 24") with white mat

Print 8″ × 10″

Actual image size is 6.82″×10″.

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Actual image size is 9.55″×14″.

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Actual image size is 13.64″×20″.

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