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08-07-2007, 08:56 AM
This is watercolour pencil from my own photograph.

I love botanicals but most of my work to date is sketches in my garden journal. I'm working hard to learn to paint flowers in watercolour.

M Douglas
08-07-2007, 09:52 AM
Beautifully done, I love the detail of the center!


08-07-2007, 09:56 AM
Robyn, this is wonderful. I love WC Pencils, and you have certainly got them working beautifully here. Looking forward to seeing more of your work. :clap: :thumbsup:

Val. :wave:

08-07-2007, 10:18 AM
Wonderful color! I really like the crop!

Lady Carol
08-07-2007, 10:21 AM
Beautiful Robyn. I wonder it it would benefit from more depth between the petals.

08-07-2007, 01:57 PM
Melodie, Val & Gayle. Many thanks :)

Carol - Thank you too. Now that you mention it, it probably would benefit from more depth between the petals. Great note. I plan to try this one in another medium so I will take your note on board.

Katherine T
08-07-2007, 02:36 PM
Hi Robyn - I really love the centre on this one - very nicely observed.

How's the weather - and the flowers - in Tuscany?

08-09-2007, 05:22 AM
Beautiful drawing and colors, Robyn. I like your background mix of colors that set off the orange of the flower so well.

Your macro view of the heart of the flower is lovely and your petals curve and furl so well.

Lovely work.


08-09-2007, 07:55 AM
I only recently discovered this fantastic flower. You've captured it in an exciting way.

08-09-2007, 10:14 AM
Robyn that's a really lovely study - one of your best :)

what an ugly name for such a gorgeous flower don't you think?

08-09-2007, 11:54 AM
Katherine - Thank you - again! As you know I was inspired to do this picture because of the wonderful reference posts on your blog for Georgia O'Keeffe month.

Sylvia - Thank you. You are always so generous and encouraging.

Celeste - Thank you. I only discovered this flower this summer too.

Vivien - I'm really tickled that you like this! And yes, the name sounds more like a disease than an flower. Never sure if I have the spelling right either.

Charlie's Mum
08-09-2007, 04:02 PM
It's a beauty - and a lovely mix of colours.
Did you add any water anywhere? that would intensify some of the colours certainly!
I'm always wary of adding the water myself, it sometimes has unpredictable results!

08-09-2007, 04:26 PM
You set this drawing on fire with your watercolour pencil :)
Love the colors and the texture on the flower.

08-11-2007, 12:50 PM
Maureen - Thank you. I didn't add any water to the pencils, I too was afraid of making a mess of the picture. I only used watercolour pencils because that's all I have. I'm such an art store junkie, I've really had to sit on myself to not go out and buy Prismacolor pencils as well ;) I only add water to the pencils if it's a quick sketch.

Marianne - What a lovely comment! Thank you.

08-12-2007, 10:56 AM
You certainly have a lot of patience to create this beautiful painting in pencil!
Must have taken a long time, but the results are wonderful.

08-12-2007, 11:17 AM
Janet - Thank you. :) It'd didn't actually take that long. What is interesting is that I was really just doodling with watercolour pencils when I started, so I surprised myself when it turned out better than most flowers I've done. I was really lucky with the light I captured in my reference photo.

08-12-2007, 12:12 PM
This is really beautiful, boy I just love the color.

08-17-2007, 04:04 AM
Robyn- nice to see you again ! That is really lovely -well done !

08-17-2007, 10:57 AM
Gorgeous, vibrant and bold. I love it!

08-17-2007, 11:44 PM
Post by Robsyn
I only add water to the pencils if it's a quick sketch.
Do you wet the pencil, or do you use wet brush? I have watercolor pencils, but have not used them much. Very pretty painting.


08-30-2007, 11:44 AM
Deb, Maria, Sue and Jeanette - apologies for not responding to your lovely comments. I've been trying to focus on painting for a few weeks. It was a such nice surprise to find your comments.

Jeanette: I use a wet brush rather than wetting the pencils. You can scribble on a piece of scrap paper and then pick the colour up on a wet brush too.

08-30-2007, 12:26 PM
Robyn, when i saw the title of your thread i thought...no way! no one would try to tackle a ranunculas! all those petals! but you've created a lovely macro of this amazing flower. i peeked at your blog and i'm extremely impressed by your watercolors! i especially loved the nigella pod.:)

08-30-2007, 12:29 PM
Billie - Thank you, you've made my day!