Echinaceas and poppy seed heads by Ann Mortimer

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Watercolour 29×38cm Artists’ watercolours on Arches 140 cold press paper

The echinaceas now in bloom in the garden have been daring me to paint them for years! They are gorgeous flowers but I knew they would be a challenge. Well this is my first go. Enjoyed painting them but am looking forward to trying a different treatment now. Pink is a difficult colour to paint!

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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  • Maree  Clarkson
    Maree Clarksonabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful Ann! I also dislike painting Pink, and especially orange! this is really beautifully done!

  • Thank you Maree. It’s keeping the colour fresh that is so difficult with pink. Not my fave colour. I don’t mind orange so much as you can start with yellow and add pink which seems to keep it clean looking. But pinks…eugh!
    But I’m going to persevere!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • maggie326
    maggie326about 3 years ago

    Gorgeous painting Anne

  • Thank you Maggie! Glad you like.

    – Ann Mortimer

  • gingermegs
    gingermegsabout 3 years ago

    WOW! Beautiful painting Anne!

  • Thank you Gingermegs….it’s been a long time coming, there’s always so much else to do!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Beatrice Cloake
    Beatrice Cloakeabout 3 years ago

    I am glad that you have painted them. What a delight to our eyes. A fav Ann!

  • Thank you Beatrice!…I am going to have another go now that I understand them better.

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 3 years ago

    How very beautiful! Love the color….just so stunning. Great composition, too. By the way….just received your book & have been perusing it. :)

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 3 years ago

    The pinks are so vivid…are you using Winsor-Newton Opera? it’s a pure hot pink & alot of artists over here use it for florals.

  • Marsha, thank you. No I didn’t use opera…it’s permanent rose and quinacridone magenta with blues added to darken. Opera is a bit over the top for me and I’ve heard that it’s fugitive?
    Hope you enjoy the book and find something in it that you don’t know already! Lol

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonabout 3 years ago


  • Thank you so much Leslie!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Carolyn Staut
    Carolyn Stautabout 3 years ago

    Brilliant work!

  • Carolyn, thank you, that’s very kind!

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Bev  Wells
    Bev Wellsabout 3 years ago

    Love this Ann !
    Great choice of colour complements

  • Thanks Bev…have you been on your painting holiday yet?

    – Ann Mortimer

  • Pat Yager
    Pat Yagerabout 3 years ago

    Well if this was a challenge for you, Ann, you’ve certainly come out on top! You’ve captured the echinaceas’ real colors beautifully! Soooo nicely done, my friend!

  • Thanks Pat…that’s nice of you to say…I really enjoyed getting to know them.

    – Ann Mortimer

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