Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Echium Spring in California

A 4.5" x 6.5" postcard from Desiree Habicht

My mouth has been watering for ages over Desiree's beautiful botanical studies in pen and watercolour. Now it's like a bunch of Echium has been delivered to my door, which just goes to prove if you want something enough it will come.

Desiree's postcard message says 'During my 9 day plein air paint-out I saw this brilliant blue spotting the hills. The bush can get very large and woody so best grown in background or kept pruned.' There speaks an authentic gardener as well as an artist.

This gorgeous postcard tingles with colour. I'm hoping Desiree will tell me what that beautiful blue is because I don't find anything like it in my paintbox.

Thank you Desiree. One very happy fan here.

12 comments:

Katherine Tyrrell said...

Wow - stunning colour!

vivien said...

oh that is utterly delicious!
so free and yet so absolutely right

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Wonderful, wonderful!

Cathy Gatland said...

Love the blending of those gorgeous colours and the delicate linework, lovely!

Robyn said...

And it's mine, mine, mine :)

Albrecht Rissler said...

My dictionary translates "fluffy" or "fragrant" for the German adjectiv "duftig", wich perfectly describes this fine piece of watercolor. Ist that correct? “Duftig" includes both: the scent of the flower and the gently flowing water color technique.

Alison Staite said...

Ah Robyn - I am green with envy! Desiree, this is very special, beautiful flow and colour!

@ Albrecht "duftig" what a brilliant word, i must remember that!

Africantapestry and Myfrenchkitchen said...

So beautiful Desiree...those colours...and your technique...lovely watercolor!
ronelle

bridget hunter said...

A gorgeous card - so much to learn from the way you've used the media.

Desiree said...

Thank you all so much for the nice comments, I will also have to remember Albrechts word "duftig". Robyn, I used cobalt blue with possibly some french ultramarine.I happened to be walking along the beach today and the banks were all filled with these amazing flowers,they come in different shades of blues and lavenders.

Liz Steel said...

Absolutely stunning!!!!!!

Pat said...

Desiree, I agree the color is so beautiful it has to be described with words like luscious, mouth watering and fragrant. You have made this watercolor sing.

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