Thursday, August 8, 2013


The beautiful Primrose is a small flower forming in clusters.  There are over 500 species of Primrose in a multitude of colors.  I have chosen the deep red to represent the January birthstone Garnet.
I have also always loved the white "piping" around each pedal as a natural contrast.
A basic red of Alizarin Crimson is glazed with Permanent  Rose, Permanent Carmine as well as various violets, indigo and hunters green.  The glazing gives the coloring that deep, rich hue needed for this flower without heavy pigments turning the surface muddy.

"Garnet"  (January)
Watercolor, 8" x 10"
©Carmella Tuliszewski 2013

Sorry about the not so smooth progression here but I just got invloved and forgot to stop and photograph!

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