The first half of a large botanical watercolour of the gorgeous dark irises I have in my garden. The whole painting will eventually measure 22″ × 15″.

Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico extra white paper.


bearded iris, magenta, purple, iris germanica, floral, flower, botanical, summer, garden, rsharts, ruth harris

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 Elliottalmost 2 years ago

    Stunning work, Ruth….love those rich purples!

  • LorusMaver
    LorusMaveralmost 2 years ago

    Beautiful work Ruth,I can see this being a fabulous piece and at a nice size too !

    Warm regards Bill

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkealmost 2 years ago

    How gorgeous these are. An outstanding creation!

  • Lynda Robinson
    Lynda Robinsonalmost 2 years ago

    I am amazed! This is perfection and it’s most perfect! Gorgeous work Ruth.

  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanalmost 2 years ago

    beautiful work Ruth…such clarity..and detail!

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganalmost 2 years ago

    Gorgeous painting of Iris, Ruth. The colour is so rich and juicy and there es a wonderful fluidity to your strokes.

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsalmost 2 years ago

    Fantastic color and wonderfully painted watercolour Ruth. Just gorgeous.

  • LjMaxx
    LjMaxxalmost 2 years ago

    What a gorgeous floral Ruth. Beautiful!

  • Karin Zeller
    Karin Zelleralmost 2 years ago

    Wow , gorgeous !

  • © Kira Bodensted
    © Kira Bodenstedalmost 2 years ago

    07-21-12 Congratulations!
    Your outstanding work has been featured in ART UNIVERSE

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