Iris portrait by Alan Singer in watercolor , June 2022
Our jet plane landed safely after the quickest, smoothest flight from San Francisco and then we came into Newark, New Jersey on the way to our last stop closer to home in Rochester, New York. The flight was PACKED and so was the airport in New Jersey. But we had quality time with our family in Oakland, and now we are back on home turf. Amazing how much our garden has changed over our short trip to California!
I got right down to work the day after painting portraits of the iris flowers in our garden on the most glorious days due to cool weather temperatures and lots of sunshine. At first I was a bit rusty but I did work up some fine watercolors that I am satisfied with.
This violet iris presents a problem because the paints I use aren't as vibrant as the flowers in front of me! There are cool blue violets here and warm red violets in these flowers which can create the sense of dimension that is a challenge to articulate. So, I give it a chance and make three or four good ones I can keep.