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Blue Taffeta

by Shideler , August 20, 2010—12:00 AM

Topics: Blue iris, Canadian artist, Helen Shideler, Iris painting, aquaboard, botanical, clayboard, floral, flower, garden, nature, painting

It is always an adventure when you embark to paint a series of related works. In this case, I am experimenting with the Aquabord watereolor painting surface. I really like the vibrancy you can achieve once you figure out how to layre - er, actually, once you realize you have to have patience to let the layres dry completely before you apply the next one.

This is an iris from my garden and one of my favourites. We grow a number of bearded irises - all are lovely, but this one always stops me in my tracks. The blues are so intense and the white so crisp. I like the effect in this painting with the dark background making teh flower stand out. (Also really tricky on Aquabord).

This flower reminds me of an elegant ballgown, hence the name "Blue Taffeta"

Maybe in my next journey, I will design formal clothing. Hmmm, maybe not.



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