Hosta ‘Blue Angel’


Original watercolour of a dried hosta leaf, ‘Blue Angel’

60 x 40 cm

Framed in dark wood with gold accents, under museum glass, unmatted for a contemporary look

Painted on Fabriano Artistico 640gsm 100% cotton paper


Living in a damp part of the world, it’s not often we get a dry enough autumn to crisp up hosta leaves before they become a soggy mess, so it’s good to make the most of it when it happens. This leaf caught my eye as it had folded in on itself in gorgeous waves, and the cushiony veins on the underside contrasted so beautifully with the crispness on the upper surface. I had to re-paint the tiny veins about three times, as subsequent glazes kept softening them to invisibility. However, in the end the extra layering added a depth and substance which I would have struggled with otherwise. Happy accidents!