How to paint a giant Pink Clematis in watercolour

As a mum to two toddlers, I don’t manage much studio time at the moment. So when my kind husband Phil gave me the gift of studio time for my birthday earlier this year, I leapt at the chance.

I knew I wanted to paint something REALLY big, and very bright. There is something hugely uplifting about working with bright colours, especially on giant projects where you can immerse yourself in the brightness. It’s a great way to invite some sunshine into duller days.

At the time, I shared timelapses of this Clematis painting and the Peony painting I did during my studio session. They received a positive response, and there were quite a few requests for a mini class on how I painted the Clematis.

So in this video, I’m sharing with you the process I followed to create this GIANT pink Clematis painting. 

It was so much fun creating the crinkly texture in the petals and making the elegant stamens in this Clematis painting pop out. 

Working big really makes capturing this amount of detail a much easier job. You can find more tips on working big here.

I hope this inspires you to paint your own big, bright Clematis and bring some extra sunshine into your day.

I’d love to hear how you get on, so let me know how it goes in the comments below. And do also drop me a message if you enjoyed the video. I love reading them!

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17 Comments

  1. Marija Simunec on December 15, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Dankeschön es ist sehr schön, dein Art gefällt mir sehr…..
    Herzlichen Dank
    Liebe Grüße
    Maria

  2. Maria on December 15, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    Entschuldigung Schreibfehler
    NICHT GESCHLOSSEN

    DEINE ART GEFÄLLT MIR SEHR

  3. Susan on December 15, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Lovely! I really like how you show the progression and explain what you are doing and why.

  4. Yovani on December 15, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Thank you for this video. Inspiring me to give a try.

  5. Julia rup on December 15, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    Thank you

  6. Manuela on December 15, 2020 at 11:06 pm

    Ciao Anna,
    i’m an art teacher and only two years ago l Started to paint watercolour.
    I found your art lesson very interesting and l hope to see more.
    Grazie Manuela

  7. JoJo on December 16, 2020 at 1:54 am

    Lovely! Inspires me to go larger! what type of illustration board are you using? Thanks for sharing!

  8. Linda Thompson on December 16, 2020 at 5:23 am

    How beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Mojgan on December 16, 2020 at 11:00 am

    Thank you for your wonderful work. I am your fan and I love you painting.

  10. Suzanne Linch on December 16, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Wonderful, brighten your day beautifuly.
    thank you

  11. Ann Smith on December 16, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    I tryed water colour about 2 years ago I loved it but since lock down iv lost the interest hope to continue by watching your video.

  12. Hilda Barone on December 17, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    So very beautiful Anna. Thank you.

  13. Nan Bailey on December 17, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Your watercolour work is wonderful! I love looking at it. How do you have time to paint with two little kids??

  14. Anita visram on December 18, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Hi Anna thank you for sharing your wonderful talent. I have never painted anything bigger than A4 size. In a way it looks easier but in another way its much harder. I think it looks easier to be able to get in and do the stamens but much harder to blend the pettles and veins in the flower.
    Best regards to you and your family. Stay safe. Anita

  15. Paola Cavallo on December 20, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Dear Anna, you’re very nice with pink hair! Thank you because watching your work I’ve got the wish to try watercolors. I’ve your 2 books and I hope you ‘re preparing a third one! I prefer to work with them more than video. I also tried to make Holly leaves, but I found it difficult…. I’ ll try again! Best wishes

  16. Angela George on January 31, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Oh Dawling, I love your Pink Hair!
    All kidding aside, I love this Gorgeous clematis! You don’t say how large your paper is, but its much bigger than I can muster the courage to try quite yet.
    Thank you for the video on steps involved. At least I’ve gone from “there’s no way” to “maybe I can do that someday soon”.
    You’re a really good teacher & I want to thank you for sharing your experience with us.
    I’m loving the classes!

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