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01-16-2007, 07:16 AM
Gouache and watercolour - approx 5.5" square.

As a background to this trial piece I washed in blue and yellow watercolour, avoiding the areas where the flower heads would be placed. The remainder was completed in gouache using a fairly watercolour approach.

As the flower heads are so vibrant I may need to strengthen the darks in between the leaves. C&C welcome.


Cross-posted in the Watercolour Forum

01-16-2007, 08:36 PM
Hi Sonia,

Just wanted to pop in here and say of all the flowers in my garden here in Holland, the Snakeshead Fritillaria are my favorties .... but oh can they be difficult little beauties!!

Here they are called Kievitsbloem (a Kievit is a type of marsh bird, in english it is a Northern Lapwing). I guess the head feathers resemble the leaves is the reason for the Dutch name of the flower??? don't know really

This site is in dutch, but has sound of the bird:

And in English:

I hope this year to see the Snakeheads I didn't see last year. I get out there in early spring and check for them every year...lol

I just checked out your thread in wc, you've done a lovely job on this.


01-19-2007, 04:16 PM
Thanks for that information Judy. Very interesting - I can see how that very top leaf above the flower resembles the crest of the lapwing.

I've tried to capture the essence of this flower on a number of occasions - it's the delicate chequered pattern on the petals that particularly appeals to me. I have tried to replicate it here by wetting and lifting paint, but it didn't quite work as well as I had hoped. I will no doubt have another go at it some time.