Summer might not be at its best here in the UK so far this year, but the summer flowers don’t seem to mind too much. They are all flourishing and looking very decorative in the garden at the moment.
I love painting purple flowers, especially the dark, velvety, luscious ones… This Clematis, which I started as a Painting Day on the Isle of Wight and continued with a private student’s online sessions, was a pleasure to paint from start to finish. For the purple I used Daniel Smith French Ultramarine + Quinacridone Lilac, currently my favourite mix for a dark but still bright purple. The Harmonic Shadows mix is French Ultramarine + Quinacridone Lilac + Hansa Yellow Light. This makes a granulating and potentially very dark grey, perfect for the deep purple petals. More diluted, it also works for the stamen, stem and underside of the petals.
I am working on the downloadable PDF tutorial, which will be in my Etsy shop by the end of the week, or as usual free for my Patreon subscribers. On Patreon this video tutorial is in four parts, with much longer paint-along demonstrations and explanations.
Here is the video tutorial in its public YouTube version: