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Watercolour 32×24cm Artists watercolours on 140lb cold press paper.

These nasturtiums were growing in my herb garden last summer. They are “designer flowers” I always think, their shape is so strong and graphic, the leaves and tendril-like stalks as well as the flowers. Their colours are so gorgeous. They were often used in art nouveau designs.
I am drawn to them and embark on a painting but then remember that they are quite difficult flowers to capture! But I can’t resist the way their pale green stalks and leaves overlap and run in and out of each other making lovely crevices of darkness to contrast with the oranges and yellows.

I’m a watercolour artist and art tutor from Nottingham, UK. I love painting flowers particularly and sharing techniques with others as I really rate this wonderful medium. I have written two watercolour tips and techniques books which demonstrate the way I like to use watercolour.

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  • mhkantor
    mhkantoralmost 4 years ago

    something about this one reminds me of rosenquist’s flowers. wonderful color. beautiful work.

  • Wow, and he’s so modern! Thank you!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • BGlatzeder
    BGlatzederalmost 4 years ago

    lovely :-) and edible too! Somehow a garden without them isn’t quite complete … as always I love the blue tones in your shadows.

  • You’re right…it’s a question of whether you can get to them before the black fly! Thanks Barbara!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Corinne Pouzet
    Corinne Pouzetalmost 4 years ago

    Les fleurs n’ont plus aucun secret pour toi, n’est-ce pas ? Magnifique bouquet and great palette of blues/greens…and the lighting always your ‘marque de fabrique’ dear Ann

  • Merci Corinne…si si, il reste beaucoup de secrets, j’espere! Trade mark lighting…that I like!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Val Spayne
    Val Spaynealmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful. Mine were covered in caterpillars.

  • Oh yes, they came soon after but not before the black fly! Thanks, Val!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottalmost 4 years ago

    Stunning color & light!

  • Thank you Marsha, that’s kind!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • maggie326
    maggie326almost 4 years ago

    Wow Ann this is so Beautiful .. great colors and light love your flowers

  • Thanks so much maggie…can always depend on you to be so positive!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • rosalin
    rosalinalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you rosalin!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Kate Eller
    Kate Elleralmost 4 years ago

    Another beauty Ann. I am forever amazed at your great talent. You have certainly been blessed. This is so lovely.

  • Thank you so much Kate. I’m going to end up believing you at this rate!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Marsha Free
    Marsha Freealmost 4 years ago

    This is beautiful. Inspires me to go and do something new!

  • Thanks Marsha…hope it inspired you!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Ellen Keagy
    Ellen Keagyalmost 4 years ago

    I love this! love the negative spaces and subject matter, they are delightful flowers! Great job

  • I agree…they are a delight both in the garden and to try and pint! Thank you Ellen!

    – Ann Mortimer

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