When I bought these gladioli at the market last week, the flowers were all closed. So I waited. And waited. And then I waited a little too long. By the time I found some time to paint them, the flowers were shrivelled. But then I noticed that the colours in the papery, decaying flowers was so much more intense than the open blooms. I squished out some Quinacridone Coral on my palette and mixed that with some Carbazole Violet for the darks. Painted in direct watercolour with a Rosemary rigger brush on a sheet of Saunders Waterford paper.

25 Comments on “Gladioli”

  1. Frank Bettendorf says:

    Love the darkness! The background is a great balancing act.


  2. Muriel Scott-Smithl says:

    Sent from my iPad



  3. Becky Smith says:

    Such beautiful reds, but I do love those shadow colors!!!


  4. susie langley says:



  5. Bernadette says:

    Lovely, lovely, lovely! The color is magnificent.


  6. Vita Churchill says:

    Totally abandonly marvellous!


  7. I love the abstract qualities of this piece.
    Lots of passion in those reds!


  8. Donna says:

    What rich color!!! You are such an inspiration to all of us! I have some orange glads in the same condition right now. I should give it a try.


  9. Sai Sundar S says:

    Lovely highlight and background…


  10. Chris Rusk says:

    Such a strong statement. A good friend in another province passed away recently, so I find your subject today very touching.

    I love the contrast of the delicate (but uplifting and optimistic) shadows to your very rich flowers – everything is so graceful – really nice.


  11. deedster56 says:

    Stunning colour! I really like that papery shadow.


  12. Northern Traveller says:

    Hi Shari. I love this – the colours, the freshness, the composition, the coral bloom in the shadow – it’s lovely. If you are reticent about your direct-to-watercolour skills, you shouldn’t be :).
    What colours did you use for the shadow – it’s gorgeous! xo


    • Mary, I think I am starting to find the right tools for direct watercolour. The rigger brush and good paper really help.
      For the shadow I used very diluted Cobalt Blue mixed with palette dirt, to get a warm grey.
      At least, I think that’s what it is.

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  13. Patti Waterfield says:

    These are gorgeous Shari! At first glance I thought they were a photo of the real gladioli! I love the intense mix of the two colours you used as well.


  14. This is a little less realistic than you usually paint. The two colors you mixed made a perfect dark for the darker red. Lovely!!


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