Purple Fairy in Watercolors

purple fairy in watercolor

My niece asked me to paint another fantasy illustration, so this one’s for you Jenny. This painting is based on a tutorial from “How to Draw and Paint Fairyland,” by Linda Ravenscoft. My palette consisted of alizarin crimson, opera rose, new gamboge, naples yellow, and raw umber from Winsor Newton; brilliant red violet and may green from Schmincke (I’m really loving this brand of paint); and jaune brilliant no. 2 from Holbein (this makes great skin tones).

Here’s a close up of her face (I like how you can see the texture of the paper in this shot):

And here’s a shot with the natural, late afternoon light in my studio (I like this one best):

8 Comments on Purple Fairy in Watercolors

  1. Gjk
    August 13, 2012 at 2:33 am (6 years ago)

    Like the ” floating” quality of girl and colors.She’s adorable!

  2. afternoonartist
    August 13, 2012 at 3:58 am (6 years ago)

    Thanks, mom. The colors are actually more vibrant than the picture shows. I had trouble getting an accurate photo of her.

  3. kellygrahamartist
    August 13, 2012 at 4:42 am (6 years ago)

    She’s gorgeous, I love your colour palette :)

    • afternoonartist
      August 13, 2012 at 4:50 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks, Kelly. I couldn’t wait to try the brilliant red violet by Schmincke. It applied and blended so easily. I’ve had trouble with various shades of purple by Winsor Newton and often got splotchy results.

      • kellygrahamartist
        August 13, 2012 at 5:04 am (6 years ago)

        Yeah I know what you mean about the splotchy results, that always seems to happen with my purples. So very good to know :)

  4. Hansi
    August 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm (6 years ago)

    Very nice work.

  5. Elena Caravela
    August 15, 2012 at 1:32 pm (6 years ago)

    So well done! The love the twist in her body. She’s full of personality.


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