Mellow Yellow by Ruth S Harris

Daffodils in watercolour on gesso coated watercolour paper.

Original measures 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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  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 3 years ago

    This one is just singing in the sunshine! Beautiful!

  • Thank you Marsha :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Bev  Wells
    Bev Wellsabout 3 years ago

    Love this very alive
    Happy Yellow great painting love it

  • Thanks so much Bev!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyabout 3 years ago

    joyful image. How does the gesso base affect the watercolour?

  • Thanks Susan! The gesso makes quite a slick surface so the watercolour slides around a bit, but it also means that the pigment doesn’t soak into the paper making it more vibrant. It’s not the easiest surface for layering paint either, so you need to go straight in with stronger colour and not fiddle or previous layers get disturbed. Altogether it’s fun though!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 3 years ago

    This is bursting for attention…you’ve certainly got mine, Ruth!!

  • Thanks Sally, yellow is one of those colours you just can’t ignore! haha

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Val Spayne
    Val Spayneabout 3 years ago

    Brilliant spring colour. Did you cover the whole surface with gesso?

  • Hi Val, yes I did, the I wanted to completely cover the previous painting but you can leave some areas if you want, this is about fun and there are no hard and fast rules :) Thanks for your interest!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedabout 3 years ago

    03-12-12 Featured Easter Card


  • Thank you for this honour Kira :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • PBWright
    PBWrightabout 3 years ago

    Oh so gorgeous! Love how you can “see” the stems without them really being painted in. Nice touch!

  • Thanks Paulette :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 3 years ago

    Gorgeous work of art Ruth. Love the warm colors.

  • Thanks Bunny :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations!! You have been featured in the Flowering Bulbs group (clickable banner)

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  • Thanks for this honour Cee :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 3 years ago

    beautiful splash of yellow ..a lovely watercolour Ruth

  • Thank you Linda!

    – Ruth S Harris

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