Messy lilacs in Watercolour

The Lilacs in the gardens are looking lovely ,as I walk my dog in the morning, so I feel a Messy Lilac painting coming on.
So trying to photograph the lilacs at the same time as Duke (my dog)wants to sniff every inch I am standing on , i finally get some good shots .
Home and up in my art room , I think about the shapes , color , and composition .
Having decided on these , I have chosen Winsor Blue Red shade ,Winsor Violet ,Sap Green, and New Gamboge
Sorted out my approach , and here goes.

I hope you will leave me your comments , good , or bad , art is about sharing Ideas and thoughts.


  • First washes wet in wet , no drawing , yet
  • Finding shapes , if you need to draw them in do so , I have not this time .
  • Adding the flower details
  • The fun stage where I really play with my tones and messy marks , I enjoy this stage the best .


    • Bev says:

      Hi Margaret x , steady its very messy , but very pleased it meets with your valued approval
      See you Friday , thank you for your reply Bev x

    • Bev says:

      Hi Malcolm Very glad you like this , the steps are much the same as we will be doing on our Apple Blossom Workshop
      Look forward to seeing you soon .
      Happy Painting Bev x

    • Bev says:

      Hi Jan x thank you , we will be painting our Apple blossom in the same way , looking forward to seeing you soon , love Bev x

  1. Yvonne Bird says:

    Hi Bev wonderful painting,I am going to have a try at this painting,thank you,for all your help Yvonne

    • Bev says:

      Thank you very much Yvonne I hope you will enjoy trying this one , please e mail me your results , I would love to see your painting . happy Painting Bev

    • Bev says:

      Thank you Marion x. Forgot to mention on the blog , it was your garden , the lilac was growing in .
      Hope you will be back with us real soon x

    • Bev says:

      Thank you Evelyn glad you like it , looking forward to splashing it about with you all this friday .
      See you soon Bev x

  2. Carol says:

    What a beautiful painting, Bev. You’re a magician! I can’t believe how you conjure up the flowers and leaves out of the initial “splodges” (highly technical word, that!) of colour. The leaves are as beautiful as the flowers. Looking forward to the workshop on Saturday. X

    • Bev says:

      Hello Carol , thank you for your kind comments , glad you like the splodges , as I plan a few on Saturday at our workshop , got to have a messy splodges or two .
      See you soon . Bev x

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