Hydrangea Fairy in Watercolor

Hydrangea Fairy in Watercolor

I really enjoyed painting this hydrangea fairy, although it was time consuming to paint all those petals. This is my first attempt at painting a red head. I was a skeptical that I could pull it off without ending up with a garish orange instead of lovely shades of red, but I think I pulled it off splendidly. For the fairy’s hair I used a combination of Indian red, Chinese orange, burnt umber, and caput mortuum violet, then added a light wash of Chinese orange on top, which really made her lovely red locks come alive. For the shading on the stem and dress, I used indigo and then added a wash of sap green. I’ll be using that combination of colors again–love it.

This painting is based on a tutorial in Barbara Lanza’s book, “Enchanting Fairies: How to Paint Charming Fairies and Flowers.”  Here’s a close-up view:

Hydrangea Fairy in Watercolor Closeup

21 Comments on Hydrangea Fairy in Watercolor

  1. Nuno
    June 19, 2013 at 1:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Nice :-)

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  2. Pat
    June 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Your paintings are delightful.

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    • afternoonartist
      June 20, 2013 at 1:21 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Pat. I really enjoy your work, too.

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  3. Greta
    June 19, 2013 at 1:50 pm (4 years ago)

    Fantastic!! Cin and I love the shading on EVERTHING. Cin especially likes the flower shading, but I can’t choose between the dress, the shaded wings, and the great hair—which looks like “natures highlights”!Really great job!!

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  4. Cindy D.
    June 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm (4 years ago)

    Utterly charming! Beautiful and delicate shading on the petals and wings and hair. And such a pretty, open face. I’ve seen so many otherwise lovely fairy images where the artist just doesn’t understand the face and it really does a disservice to the rest of the work. Beautiful hands and feet, too! (This is definitely an area I need to work on myself!)

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    • afternoonartist
      June 20, 2013 at 1:23 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Cindy. Shading has always been my specialty and the part of painting and drawing that I most enjoy.

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  5. Cynthia
    June 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm (4 years ago)

    Beautiful. Love the soft colors. ;)

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    • afternoonartist
      June 20, 2013 at 1:24 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Cynthia. I kept the colors on the fairy soft so they wouldn’t compete with the intense purples I used on the hydrangea.

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  6. elenacaravela
    June 20, 2013 at 12:27 am (4 years ago)

    The petals were worth the extra trouble-beautiful work!

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    • afternoonartist
      June 20, 2013 at 1:28 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Elena. I did a multi-color wash over all the petals first then painted each petal with various shades of purple, allowing the underpainting to show through–definitely a technique I’ll use again on flowers.

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  7. foresterartist
    June 20, 2013 at 4:19 am (4 years ago)

    Jill I just love this illustration!

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  8. Caitie M
    June 20, 2013 at 6:07 am (4 years ago)

    This is gorgeous, Jill! You’ve done the details so beautifully – I especially love her fine strands of hair and delicate flower crown. Not to mention the delicateness of her wings and the lovely purple flowers – everything is perfect, I love it :)

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    • afternoonartist
      June 22, 2013 at 11:26 am (4 years ago)

      Thanks, Caitie. I’ve had the drawing ready for a couple of months. I was waiting for the hydrangeas to be in bloom so I could post the painting at the same time.

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  9. shreejacob
    June 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm (4 years ago)

    Aww it’s so pretty :)

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  10. Diane
    July 10, 2013 at 12:09 pm (4 years ago)

    hI Jill, Love your light, delicate and colourful style and your poppies are so summery!

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    • afternoonartist
      July 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you, Diane. My sister and/or daughter painted the poppies. I shared both of their paintings here, so I’m not sure which painting you viewed.

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      • Diane
        July 10, 2013 at 12:30 pm (4 years ago)

        Hydrangea fairy is lovely.

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