A stunning white peony bloom with delicate shadows, painted in watercolours on Fabriano Artistico extra white paper, the original work measures 15″ × 11″

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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  • Bev  Wells
    Bev Wellsover 3 years ago

    I love your shadow colours -lovely painting I also love the composition being a close crop

  • Thank you so much Bev, it doesn’t come across well online as it’s so delicate, but I didn’t want to lose the softness by strengthening the shadows.

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottover 3 years ago

    Soft & delicate….very lovely.

  • Thank you Marsha!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Diane Hall
    Diane Hallover 3 years ago

    Lovely Ruth, such soft colors and beautiful shading. The background is such a nice contrast.

  • Ruth S Harris
    Ruth S Harrisover 3 years ago

    Thanks Diane!

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanover 3 years ago

    stunning watercolour Ruth! beautiful flower…

  • Thank you Linda, I was thrilled when this tree peony bloomed for the first time, I can’t wait for next year!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous Ruth, very impressed with the delicate chances in the tones.

  • Thank you Jim, I was worried that I would mess those changes up, it’s so easy to misjudge the amount of water in a wash and end up with ugly blooms!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on this most exquisite feature laura

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 3 years ago

    Beautifully work! Congratulations on your feature!

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