Clematis “The President”… I must have been inspired by all the talk of the US Presidential election!

Watercolours on Artistico extra white paper, the original work measures 11″ × 15″

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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  • © Linda Callaghan
    © Linda Callaghanabout 2 years ago

    oh my Ruth this is stunning….the colours are beautiful..what a talent you have !

  • Thanks Linda, I’m having fun at the moment and I think it shows in my paintings!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Susan Duffey
    Susan Duffeyabout 2 years ago

    Oh, Ruth, another beauty – so exquisite – love it -a fave

  • Thank you so much Susan :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous work!!!!

  • Thanks Angie :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • linmarie
    linmarieabout 2 years ago

    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh,,, so fabulously pretty in pink.. love the tones used.. amazing where inspiration comes from for us sometimes.. this is just brilliant!!!!!

  • Thank you so much Linmarie, although these flowers are more purple usually, when the sun shines through them they are almost jewel-like with shades of amethyst and sapphire.

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 2 years ago

    An unusual inspriration to say the least Ruth, but I do love the gorgeous results.

  • I know Jim, it was subconscious, I would never associate such beauty with the circus of an election, but sometimes your head pushes you in unexpected directions. Thank you for your support, you’re always too kind Jim!

    – Ruth S Harris

  • bevmorgan
    bevmorganabout 2 years ago

    Gorgeous juicy colour, Ruth. Love the wet in wet and the wonderful composition.

  • Thanks Bev, it was a fun painting to do! :)

    – Ruth S Harris

  • Sally Griffin
    Sally Griffinabout 2 years ago

    You done it again, Ruth!!! So enchanting!

  • Lora Garcelon
    Lora Garcelonabout 2 years ago

    I love the intensity of the colors and the combination of softer and harder edges. Beautiful painting!

  • Bunny Clarke
    Bunny Clarkeabout 2 years ago

    I love this! Gorgeous creation and use of light and color.

  • Donna19
    Donna19about 2 years ago


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