Zantedeschia, the Spotted Lilies are back…

 Zantedeschia, Spotted Lily (Watercolour)

Zantedeschia, Spotted Lily (Watercolour)

Hello everyone! I can’t believe it’s almost two weeks since I last wrote… Christmas is rushing up and there’s still so much to do, but today I was surprised out of my mad haze by the sudden reappearance of the spotted lilies  Zantedeschia, flowering again in our front garden.

The speckled leaves had sprouted in a few places some time ago, but I wasn’t expecting the beautiful pale yellow flower which suddenly popped up over night, right in front of our bedroom window.

I know I was muttering last time about the new paper I was using to try and paint Christmas cards, but I have two pads of it and difficult or not it’s not going in the bin, so I gave it another try today. This time it was more successful so maybe I’m getting a little bit more used to it. It’s still very difficult to lift colours after they’re painted, the pigment soaks in very quickly, but once you realise that you can work accordingly and I found myself remembering some of the techniques of Chinese painting, where the paper is very absorbent.

Here’s the results of the first wash. It’s interesting to compare this with last year’s painting here, and see how much I’ve changed. Of course, this one still has a way to go but it’s already so much looser.