This rose fairy painting proved to be quite time consuming. I worked on it off and on over the last two weeks, putting the painting aside when I became frustrated (mostly with the color scheme), and picking it up again later so I could approach it with fresh eyes. I nearly gave up on this painting early on in the process but stuck with it because my daughter encouraged me to press on. Now that it’s complete I think the color scheme is fine. I particularly like the little mouse and the colorful sky that depicts an early morning sunrise.
This painting is based on a tutorial in Linda Ravenscroft’s book, “The Fairy Artist’s Figure Drawing Bible.”
16 thoughts on “Rose Petal Fairy in Watercolor”
Oh… the colors are lovely, of course. But you also got the tilt of her head *just right*. That helps her connect with the mouse and really makes the piece!
Thank you, Gabriel. I see that now that you pointed it out. It was just a happy accident, but it won’t be next time!
This is just amazing, Jill! And the colors are fabulous!
Thank you, Mary. I had to adjust the colors several times to get them to work. For the pink areas I used rose dore and Chinese red, which worked well on my test sheet, but when I used the combo on larger areas on my painting, not so much. I tweaked the colors several times but wasn ‘t happy until I used green gold as an accent color on the leaves. So the lesson learned from this painting was sometimes adjacent colors can fix a color problem elsewhere in the painting, so stop tweaking and keep on painting!
That was really interesting to know, Jill. Thanks a lot for sharing this precious experience. I know very little about colors, to me these amazing color effects don’t seem to be of this world! This beautiful painting is like a window opened into a very beautiful dream.
Thank you so much, Mary.
Thank you, Pat.
So pretty! 🙂 I’ve bought the watercolour paper. I have a set of watercolours….BUT for some reason I’m so scared to draw and paint!..hmmm
I was nervous to get started, too. Time to feel the fear and do it anyway.
Beautifully painted. Your gradients are superb. Very sweet and lovely.
Thank you, Elena. I enjoyed painting her.
Hi! I think this turned out very nice with delicate colours and balance, well worth the effort!
Thank you so much!
Wow! Congratulations and what a beautiful painting. Beautifully precise and whimsical style. And the little hamster(?) aaaaah so cute!
Thank you, Cindy. The little hamster is my fave, too. I wanted to give his fur more texture but was afraid to try it.