Agapanthus x 2 by Ruth S Harris

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I’m still trying to get a feel for agapanthus for the Solo Exhibition masterpiece workshop. This was started with a watercolour wash, then gesso was added in one flower shape before I painted a second flower and washed over the gesso with more watercolour. I’m enjoying the effect.

Watercolour and gesso on 300lb Fabriano Artistico watercolour paper, the original measures approx. 14″ × 10″

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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  • BarbBarcikKeith
    BarbBarcikKeithover 1 year ago

    Always a delight for the eye.. and what’s this about “gesso”? Something new? If so, explain please..

  • It is, I’ve been trying out using gesso as a kind of a resist, so I paint the flower shape with gesso and once it’s dry I paint over it with watercolour….. it’s quite a nice effect, and the pigment lifts easily if you want to keep some of the white. Thanks Barb!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeover 1 year ago

    This is gorgeous. I really love your technique. The colors are always so vibrant and alive.

  • Thank you Bunny, I do love vibrant colour!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyover 1 year ago

    Lovely image and effects

  • Robin King
    Robin Kingover 1 year ago


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

    Lovely work, Ruth . . .

  • nansart
    nansartover 1 year ago

    Absolutely gorgeous! I’m just learning watercolor and also love lots of color.

  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellover 1 year ago

    Congratulations on May 30 2013!

  • MotherNature
    MotherNatureover 1 year ago

    All your work on this lovely piece sure paid off big time! Truly lovely! Congratulations on your feature in All Glorious Lilies – FAVE:>)

  • Madalena Lobao-Tello
    Madalena Lobao...about 1 year ago

    Women Painters has featured your artwork
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  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackabout 1 year ago

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