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How to paint a patterned bearded iris in watercolour

Have you ever looked at a flower and thought that it already looks like a painting? That’s exactly what I thought when I saw this beauty iris ‘Arctic Fancy’ at the Royal Horticultural Society gardens at Wisley.

I literally had to lie down on the ground to take this photo prompting some pretty odd looks from other garden visitors!

It was the vivid colours that attracted me, but also the pattern of dots and lines that look like they’ve been painted onto the petals.

As beautiful and painting-like as these flowers are, they can actually prove tricky to paint, as can the hairy ‘beard’ parts.

So with iris season around the corner I thought I would share with you a few tips for painting realistic looking irises:

If you have had a go at painting irises before, please do let me know how you got on in the comments below, and even upload it via social media using #AnnaMasonArt – I’d love to see it!

Happy painting!

anna
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14 Comments

  1. diana on April 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I have tried to paint one of these and no luck now I am sure I can paint it thank you for showing how it is done

  2. diana on April 23, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I have tried to paint one of these and no luck now I am sure I can paint it thank you for showing how it is done

  3. Janine on April 24, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Gorgeous Anna, I can’t wait to have a go at this one

  4. Janine on April 24, 2015 at 2:32 am

    Gorgeous Anna, I can’t wait to have a go at this one

  5. elizabeth webb on April 29, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Beautiful work Anna. I painted only one and what a challenge. After seeing yours I am inspired to try again.

  6. elizabeth webb on April 29, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    Beautiful work Anna. I painted only one and what a challenge. After seeing yours I am inspired to try again.

  7. bruna rossi on June 11, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Thank you Anna!!! watching you it sounds easy: anyway it looks fun!

  8. bruna rossi on June 11, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Thank you Anna!!! watching you it sounds easy: anyway it looks fun!

  9. Sarah Li on June 18, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Dear Anna, I love your simple easy- to- follow technique! Thank you. I will try this out now. I love p.ainting flowers! Sarah

  10. Sarah Li on June 18, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Dear Anna, I love your simple easy- to- follow technique! Thank you. I will try this out now. I love p.ainting flowers! Sarah

  11. Tabitha M. Waldron on January 7, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Sounds interesting! The bearded one. really worth looking at!

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