|Dried rhododendron flower.|
|The original Rhododendron painting, unfinished.|
Colours: Dead Flower Permanent Rose and Ultramarine Green Shade, built up in layers of light washes, with varing degrees of bias towards either red or blue. These flowers are almost 'two- tone' in colour depending on how the light hits them, so I think that this appearance can only be achieved with this layering method and by using transparent colours. I also used some Cobalt Violet in areas and Manganese Blue Hue for the highlights. For the darker shades and detail I added neutral tint. For the dead areas I used burnt umber. Also Burnt Umber plus some Permanent Rose for the reproductive parts.