I drew the outline of the African Iris in three pastel pencils to keep each part separate. I made corrections with a kneaded eraser.
I applied three pan pastels with a make-up sponge. starting with dark brown at the corners, adding a gold over it and heading toward the outline. I finished it with a yellow.
Using a medium purple, red violet and light blue stick pastels, I filled in the large petals. I kept adding the colors until it felt right. The dots and white outlines were done with pastel pencils.
To finish the piece, I used a variety of pastel pencils.
The background was done with Orange Extra Dark, Yellow Ochre and Dairylide Yellow pan pastels.
For the petals I used Sennelier No 366 for the dark, 283 for the lighter shade and a square pastel with no label (so I do not know the brand or color) for the base. I used a Jack Richardson 65A for the reddish tints. The dots were done with the following pastel pencils: Pitt medium white, Carb Othello violet deep and Giaconda violet red.
The finish work was done with Artist's Soft ultramarine blue (a very light tint). The brown areas were done with, Carb Othello burnt sienna, Pitt ivory and Giaconda sienna natural. For the bright white I used AS cool white stick pastel. The blue was done with Giaconda medium ultramarine in the light areas and Conte Prussian blue.
About the Artist:
Mother Nature is my muse. The woods and my more pampered patio plants are the inspiration for my art. Please join me as I explore the world of Enchanting Forest Fae and Fauna.
I recently retired, and consider myself a re-emerging artist. Many years ago I did art shows on the local, national and international level. I was also a contributing artist to The Artist's Magazine and Airbrush Action.