Crimson Lake

This amaryllis was a gift from a wonderful friend. I found it on my kitchen counter at the beginning of January — a big fat bulb buried in mulch, with two tiny green shoots protruding. I’ve watched the green shoots grow and grow for the past two months. Finally the flowers emerged, so big that it seemed the shoots might not be able to support their weight, but they have.

I brought the plant into my studio yesterday so I could draw it while on a Zoom sketching sessions with friends. I also took out two tubes of paint I don’t know that well: Crimson Lake and Quinacridone Red. I wanted a warmer red (Quin) for the newer blooms, and a deeper red (Crimson) for the fading blooms that darken as they wither. Painted on a block of Hahnemuhle Collection watercolour paper, 9″ x 12″.

9 Comments on “Crimson Lake”

  1. Sadje says:

    You’ve captured it’s beauty so well. Over here we call them April lilies.


  2. karim waked says:


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  3. This is so beautiful. I love the composition!
    I bought one of these for my mom years ago, she named it “Phyllis the Amaryllis”, and I think of that (and her) every time I see one. So thank you for that. ❤


  4. Jeff Gold says:

    This is really striking against the white background. The little opaque white stamens just pop out. Beautiful arrangement of design undulating across and off of the page. Yum color too!


  5. jeanne1937 says:

    Beautiful painting! Love those reds.


  6. Aren’t these fun to draw and paint! Beautifully done.


  7. gaelle1947 says:

    Absolutely stunning!!!


  8. susie langley says:

    So beautiful …..look almost real.


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