Hibiscus are such gorgeous tropical flowers that really lend themselves to watercolour. The key when painting a pretty pink hibiscus like this is to achieve the full range of different pinks within it – there are a lot when you really look! Whilst still concentrating on getting the tonal range right so it pops off the paper.

In this little video I give you a taste of how I tackle it:

If you’ve enjoyed the video, please leave me a comment, I LOVE reading them.

 

Happy painting,

83 Comments
  1. Linda Williams 4 weeks ago

    Anna, Congratulations on your beautiful new baby girl! What a sweet blessing. I am so happy I found your tutorials. I just watched and painted along on the free class, and I’m hooked. It’s amazing what I learned in one class. My husband and both teenage kids were super blown away with my realistic pear!!!
    Thank you!
    Linda

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 weeks ago

      Super! X

    • Judy Whitman 4 weeks ago

      The video had a frowning face and I never got to see it

  2. Carolyn Doherty 4 weeks ago

    Are you painting wet on dry or wet on wet?

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 weeks ago

      Wet on dry Carolyn.

      • Carolyn Doherty 4 weeks ago

        Thank you.

  3. Sandy Troxel 4 weeks ago

    How you find time for your beautiful paintings with your little ones is just amazing. Congratulations on your new perfect angel.

  4. Pamela 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations on Fern, she is lovely. Can’t wait until you start to paint those sweet chubby cheeks.

    I purchased 2 of your classes at craftsy.com and they were wonderful. I was so impressed I decided to try your brushes. Thank you for all your help getting better. A work in progress.

  5. Leo 4 weeks ago

    Wonderful!
    My best wishes to you and your baby

  6. Leigh Barry Nodar 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful Fern!!
    Loved the video. Thanks!

  7. Mary Darling 4 weeks ago

    Thanks for a great video. Will try this painting when I get home. Your baby is beautiful. Congratulations

    • Susan Lyon 4 weeks ago

      Anna, your amazing. Fern is adorable!! Enjoy each precious day! Thank you for all you do.

  8. Jill Haefner 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful baby! Welcome to the world little Fern.

    Thank you for another great video!

  9. Diahann Cordova 4 weeks ago

    Ah! Fern is so beautiful!! Thank you for sharing. May the LORD continue to bless you Anna! 🙂

  10. Betsy Megna 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful bundle of joy!

  11. Ayyaz Hussain 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful video. Thank you. What paper and what brand of paint do you use?
    Ayyaz

    • Vita 4 weeks ago

      Congratulations on the birth of your daughter.
      Many thanks for your little video.

  12. Lois K. 4 weeks ago

    Thank you so much, Anna, for the helpful little videos. I have learned so much from them! And… thank you for sharing the photo of beautiful little Fern. May her life be blessed in countless wonderful ways! Lois K.

  13. Jeanne A Easton 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful daughter! I really enjoy your work and video’s. Look forward to taking online classes soon!

  14. Sharon sallis 4 weeks ago

    Fantastic video and congratulations Fern is beautiful x

  15. Irene Manninen 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful pink painting!
    Congratulations at the safe arrival of Fern!
    Fern is so sweet! Enjoy every moment!

  16. Julia Roberts 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful ! It so happens I purchased 6 of these yesterday, and can’t wait to get out there and take photos ! I particularly enjoy your simple and logical approach to painting and your patience! Waiting for things to dry is a shortcoming I suffer from !
    Again, thank you for sharing this, when things calm down I will be having a go ! I’m definitely sharing with my daughter too ! Enjoy the rest Anna (lol) and I love how talented you are with your IPad rendition done with the pencil, wow! Can I ask what app you use ?
    Hugs and best wishes for you and your family, you share so much joy Anna, please never stop from sunny Florida
    All the best,
    Julia

  17. Rose Vermeulen 4 weeks ago

    You video is awesome – as usual and such an inspiration. Now to find the time. Your little Fern is going to give you so much joy and laughter. Well done all round.
    Take care
    Rose

  18. carme 4 weeks ago

    Thank you for this video and congrats for your new jewel !!!

  19. Linda w 4 weeks ago

    So precious, congrats, thanks for sharing

  20. Marilyn Coull 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful painting and a beautiful new baby girl. Congratulations.

  21. Barbara gershberg 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations, a perfect family. how is Ben reacting to his new little sister? Best wishes to you and your family.
    Here in Florida I have many Hibiscus growing but was never able to capture it as beautifully as you. Your video gives me inspiration to try again.

    Barb G.

  22. vera 4 weeks ago

    Lovely video thanks ,I’ll try it sometime
    But more than that . what a poppet…. so beautiful, and great joy and ‘relief’ now that she’s here
    Congratulations to you both.

  23. Joy 4 weeks ago

    Thank you, Anna.
    Fern is. Beautiful, thank you for sharing her photo with us. Enjoy every moment, they grow up so fast.
    Blessings.
    Joy

  24. Joy 4 weeks ago

    Thank you, Anna.
    Fern is. Beautiful, thank you for sharing her photo with us. Enjoy every moment, they grow up so fast.
    Blessings.
    Joy

  25. Harriet 4 weeks ago

    A new soul to earth. Beautiful baby Fern. Many congratulations xxx

  26. Pam 4 weeks ago

    Looks so real, congratulations, baby Fern is beautiful.

  27. Meredith Childress 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful, as always! Your subjects are always striking and wonderful to look at as you create a visual masterpiece! Feeling inspired~

  28. Karen Gavula 4 weeks ago

    Anna, your little baby girl, Fern, is so precious. God bless you and your family.

  29. Lili, Luxembourg 4 weeks ago

    Your baby is beautiful Congratulations to the happy parents and Fern’s little brother
    The video is amazing gives me appetite to take my brush!!!
    It seems so easy, but it’s not, I should give it a try though

  30. Lili, Luxembourg 4 weeks ago

    Sorry there’s a mistake in my email address of my previous message

  31. Diane 4 weeks ago

    Gorgeous and really captures the delicate beauty of the flower. I admire your patience with adding layer upon layer and waiting for each layer to dry. Congratulations on your beautiful new addition to the family. Such a precious name!

  32. Penny Taylor 4 weeks ago

    Wow… she’s already got quite a head of hair. She’s gorgeous! Congratulations. (The flower painting is nice, too.) 🙂

  33. Aruna 4 weeks ago

    Thanks Anna. Loved the simple and easy method of painting in your video.
    Also, agree that you do share a lot of joy. God bless!

  34. Jim Kirkwood 4 weeks ago

    So pleased for you and I wish you and your daughter every happiness and blessing.

    (And I love how managed to capture the delicate nature and detail of this flower.)

  35. Jan Tischler 4 weeks ago

    God Bless you and your beautiful daughter. Thank you for the lovely painting as well!

  36. Anita visram 4 weeks ago

    Wondergul news Anna and what a darling little girl. Just hope she and her brother inherit your wonderful talent.
    Every picture you paint is a masterpiece. You have taught me so much. And now I’m not satisfied unless my painting looks like to yours. Thank you
    Anita.

  37. tina champion 4 weeks ago

    OMG….Fern is such a beautiful and precious gift……your video is good too! 🙂
    CONGRATULATIONS!

  38. Dawn 4 weeks ago

    Fern is adorable!! Congratulations on her safe arrival! Thank you for another wonderful video. Your patience and attention to detail inspires me.

  39. Dixie Stovern 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations on your new baby girl, she is beautiful!

  40. Naomi 4 weeks ago

    Your baby is beautiful! Precious…thank you for the hibiscus painting,it too is beautiful

  41. Hilda Barone 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations Anna. Fern is beautiful. Thankyou for the lovely video. Will try to paint one too.

  42. Susan Merila 4 weeks ago

    i loved the year I spent as a member of your on-line school. Thank you for continuing to send your inspirational emails. I enjoy them myself and I forward them to my friends, especially those who are ready to take their painting to the next level.

  43. Darlene Allen 4 weeks ago

    Beautiful baby, may you both have many blessings as your family grows. Congratulations she is absolutely beautiful
    Darlene Allen

  44. Val Gibbons 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations lovely baby and lovely name. Thank you for the video

  45. Suzi 4 weeks ago

    Anna, Fern is so beautiful, so precious. What a blessing! Thank you for the excellent, lovely hisbiscus instruction. God bless you & your sweet family, Suzi.

  46. Melissa Aldosari 4 weeks ago

    Squeeeeeeeeal! Oh, she is so gorgeous! Big big congratulations!
    Thank you so much for the beautiful hibiscus video as well!
    I hope you are able to get some much deserved rest!

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 weeks ago

      Haha! Thanks for the squeeeeeeal! I think that every time I see her!

  47. Pauline 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations, your baby girl is absolutely beautiful and I love her name , Thank you for the video , I will certainly give it a go

  48. Frances White 4 weeks ago

    Congrats on your beautiful baby. Love the hibiscus video.

  49. DEBBIE DURNWALD 4 weeks ago

    Fern is absolutely beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing a picture of her and this wonderful video. Your heart is as amazing as your talent!

  50. Joanie Adam 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations on the birth of your baby girl, Fern. I am so happy to see and hear that both of you are doing well. All the best. Joanie

  51. Gabriella Henderson 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations. Anna, Fern is so beautiful! I love the hydrangea.

  52. GENOWEFA GINTER 4 weeks ago

    Hi Anna
    Love your paintings and congratulations on your new baby girl Fern, she looks beautiful you should paint her. All the best xx

  53. patty Marino 4 weeks ago

    Anna, I am a retired labor and delivery nurse, have seen thousands of new born babies, your Fern is beautiful and I know because she has someone special—-YOU–………
    Your Fern is an extension of you……..special…..and thanks for the video, I enjoyed it very much. Patty from New Orleans, La., USA

    • Author
      Anna Mason 4 weeks ago

      What a lovely comment!! Thank you Patty! X

  54. Prabha 4 weeks ago

    Congrats on the arrival of your beautiful little girl . Lovely name.

  55. Penelope Quin 4 weeks ago

    Fern is absolutely gorgeous!!

  56. Tine Doumen-Ensink 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations with the birth of your beautiful your beautiful little babygirl. She is beautiful….
    I allso liked the video of how to paint the hibiscus very much and i will try to paint it justitie like you did…
    Many regards,
    Tine

  57. Jenn Findlay 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations on little Fern. She is beautiful. The video is very informative, as usual.

  58. Margaret Stern 4 weeks ago

    Hi Anna,
    Wow, isn’t she lovely, big congratulations, enjoy all the special times to come.
    The hibiscus is also

  59. Malini 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations Anna, lil baby Fern looks so beautiful…… thanks for sharing her pic

    Am new to watercolor and am enjoying learning from you. … your videos are informative, easy to follow and your paintings are an inspiration

  60. Stella Baker 4 weeks ago

    Many, many congratulations. Wonderful news Anna, so pleased for you all.
    Fern is gorgeous and just the beginning of more cherished memories. So much to look forward to.
    Enjoy every moment.
    Lots of love Stella and Glyn. Xx

  61. Naomi 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations, she’s quite gorgeous! Looking forward to watching the video later x

  62. Denise Godwin 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations on you beautiful little Fern! Such a different kind of love that we have for our babies
    I loved the Hibiscus video. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your artistic abilities with those of us who desire the same. You make it very enjoyable for learning.

    Many Thanks and Well Wishes
    Denise

  63. Trang Folliot 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations on your lovely daughter. Girls are so precious!!!

  64. Gouri 4 weeks ago

    What a lovely baby and what a lovely flower. Congratulations!

  65. Majella Ryan 4 weeks ago

    Thank you once again for your informative videos. Congratulations on your beautiful addition to your family. She is lovely. Hope you are both thriving.

  66. Julie Arnott 4 weeks ago

    Dear Anna As beautiful as your painting is, it does not compare with your latest creation of Fern. What a little darling she is. Congratulations and best wishes
    Julie, Adelaide, South Australia

  67. Lorena 4 weeks ago

    I love all of your tutorials. You are a great inspiration for painting. I love you style because it has so much details. Congratulations for you beautiful baby Fern.

  68. Sue Paterson 4 weeks ago

    Anna, congrats on your beautiful Fern.

  69. Tina 4 weeks ago

    Anna, first of ALL – congratulations to your sweet Fern, she is sooo precious!!! I know sometimes the first weeks can be pretty tough but that bonding time is also absolutely magical! Try to enjoy and soak in as much as you can – and as much naps you can get, hahaha :-))) Thank you for sharing this BEAUTIFUL little video, I really enjoyed it watching! Warm hugs from Switzerland, Tina

  70. Corinna 4 weeks ago

    So beautiful! Congratulations and I just LOVE her name! I LOVED the video, especially since I live in Florida, USA. We have Hibiscus everywhere in every color you can imagine so I can see applying this technique in so many ways. Thanks so much for all of your inspiration and the kindness you show sharing your talents and teaching with the world.
    Artfully Yours,
    Corinna

  71. Yasmin Deboo 4 weeks ago

    Anna Congratulation. Your little daughter is adorable and so precious and what a beautiful name too – Fern. Best wishes, Love and Light. – Yasmin

  72. Carol 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations Anna! Fern is beautiful!! Thanks for yet another fantastic video. You will be able to breath again since you’ve given birth. All the best to you and your beautiful family

  73. Learner 4 weeks ago

    I heard some good news and came here to say, CONGRATULATIONS to you, Anna!!!! Wow! So happy for you and your new baby, Fern! What a gift form heaven! God bless you and your family! Thanks for the video, and your beautiful Hibiscus looks just like the ones I see here everyday. Now they will remind me of you. 😉 All the best to you and Fern! Hugs!

  74. Deepali 4 weeks ago

    Congratulations for beauo Fern! Water techniques I really enjoy to learn from you….

  75. Eunice Moss 3 weeks ago

    Congratulations on your beautiful daughter Fern. God bless you lovely family.

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