This watercolour was inspired by the herbaceous border at Longleat House…. I loved the combination of vibrant red poppies with violet allium globes!

Watercolour on Artistico extra white watercolour paper, 15″ × 11″


poppies, poppy, red, floral, flowers, herbaceous border, garden, allium, purple, violet, vibrant, pretty, nature, summer, longleat

I have a passion for watercolours and love to play with colour, exploring the effect of combining pigment and water on the paper. Challenging the traditional view that watercolours are pale and washy, I love vibrant colour used in exciting combinations. I am especially drawn to flowers, their three dimensional forms presenting endless challenges.

I won the SAA Amateur Artist of the Year 2012 for my painting “Cosmic Poppies”.

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  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 1 year ago

    Wow, they are indeed perfect partners, excellent work Ruth. Do you think the “extra white” paper strengthens your colours, as it certainly appears to do, but of course you know without my actually seeing the original it’s impossible for me to make that call accurately.

  • Thanks Jim! I think there is a difference between traditional white and extra white, the colours seem cleaner and brighter to me, and of course the reserved whites are whiter. I wouldn’t like to use traditional white any more.

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 1 year ago

    Stunning work, Ruth! The purple flowers just sparkle.

  • Thanks so much Marsha :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 1 year ago

    beautiful work!

  • Thank you Luda :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    Gorgeous work of art Ruth. Such beautiful colors. :o)

  • Carol and Mike Werner
    Carol and Mike...over 1 year ago

    Gorgeous artwork, Ruth . . . poppies are so lovely . . .

  • AngieDavies
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  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonover 1 year ago

    Absolutely gorgeous and perfect partners indeed!

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 1 year ago

    April 23, 2013

    Beautiful work!

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 1 year ago

    sooo beautiful

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 1 year ago


    beautiful work .. many congrats on the feature

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